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10 safety tips for your dog this Halloween

Updated: Oct 30, 2022

The spooky season can be such a fun time of year! We see no reason why your dog can't enjoy it too! However, there are some things to consider when owning a pet this time of year. With the right precautions in place we can make sure that Halloween is safe and fun for everyone!

10 safey tips for your dog this Halloween

1. Keep candles and Jack o' Lanterns away from sniffing noses and waggily tails

Keep all burning decor out of reach, not only can these cause your pet burns and injuries but it can also potentially be a fire hazzard to your home.

2. Always be in before dark

Whether this is leaving your dog outside in the garden or your dog's evening walkies, always make sure your pet is inside before dark.

3. Make sure their information is up-to-date

Unfortunately during this time of year many dogs run away and get lost just due to fear of the festivities. Make sure the information on both their collar and microchip is up-to-date for anyone that may find them.

4. Never force your dog to wear a costume

If your dog doesn't want to wear a costume then there are many other ways that they can get involved in the spooky fun. There are festive bandanas, collar charms and harnesses that you can pick up for them. Don't worry they can still join in on the fun!

5. Remember your dog might not be able to recognise people in costumes

Just like these costumes are supposed to be scary for us, they are really scary to dogs sometimes, especially ones that cover the face. Don't force them to recieve unwanted attention from scary figures. Understand that this might scare them.

6. Hide sweet treats

Dogs can be crafty when it comes to food. However some sweet snacks contain a sugar substitute called xyolitol. If this is eated by your dog , then YOUR DOG MUST BE TAKEN TO A VET IMMEDIATELY. This is deadly to your dog. Keep sweets out of reach.

7. Watch out for goop, fake blood and other fun halloween substances that can be poisonous to your dog

Dogs love to explore by sniffing and tasting. Make sure anything they decide to taste isn't poisonous to them.

8. Be careful with decor

Keep any decor out of reach that you think your dog might like to chew on. Remember alot of the time they might not be able to tell the difference between them and their toys. Set them up for success and keep any tempting decor out of reach.

9. Give them a safe space

With so much going on, your dog will need a safe space just for them, where they can decompress or relax. Set them up a little den like area in the corner of a room or put a blanket over an open crate to give them a sense of privacy and sanctuary. Alternatively if you have a small room that they can have constant access to, such as a laundry room or utility room then this will also make an ideal area for them.

10. Ask your vet for help

During this time of year your dog might be showing lots of signs of anxiety. All the noise, children and fireworks can really upset your dog. If you think that this might be the case, ask your vet if they have anything to help keep your pet calm during this hard time of year for them.

Halloween is one of our favourite times of year. When it is handled responsibly it really can be fun for everyone! Hope you all have an amazing and safe Halloween this year.

Author - Linda Roche

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