Halloween can be a very fun time of year but it can be very stressful for our pets unless we keep them safe.
1. First the obvious one: Keep all candy/chocolate treats out of reach of your dog and cat at all times, it is just as addictive to us as it can be to them, once they have one they will want more! Too much chocolate can kill and if you have a small dog it doesnt take much at all.
2.Yes costumes are very cute but please limit the time your dog must wear them to photo taking time and being supervised, we know dogs dont love being dressed up, some will completely shut down, and this means they are very stressed. Leaving a dog unsupervised in their costume is dangerous as they could get caught on something.
3.Give your dogs the night off! Let your dog have a stress free night by not insisting they come 'trick or treating' with you, or come to the party your going to, dogs get stressed enough with change in their routine or being in busy places, can you imagine how scary a room full of people in costumes would be to them? These kinds of events can send a dog over the edge and lead to biting someone out of fear, even if they have never bitten before.
4. Lets not forget fireworks and other loud noises can scare dogs into taking off and hiding, so if you think there will be fireworks, secure your dog in a safe room with something for them to hide under and feel safe