The people at dogchannel.com want to make sure the Halloween celebration isn't frightful for our pets. Check out these common Halloween hazards and tips to have a fun and safe holiday for the whole family.
Everyone loves candy and on Halloween candy is everywhere. While your dog may have never been tempted by sweet treats before, keep in mind that candy probably has never been so accessible! On Halloween candy can be found in bowls, on tables, next to doors, in trick or treat bags being carried at dog level and in the hands of small children who might think your dog would like to share the snack. Candy also makes it onto the floor when spilled during the handout or dumped out for the all-important candy sort.
Human Halloween Costumes
While you might not think your own costume has anything to do with your dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Dog Halloween Costumes
While some dogs might like being dressed up, it's wise to experiment first to see if a pet likes to be in clothing. When choosing your dog's Halloween costume, remember these tips:
Decorations are a regular part of Halloween fun, but some can pose a safety hazard to your dog and your home. Use fake cobwebs sparingly outdoors. These may adversely affect pets and wildlife. As with any holiday decoration, don't let pets chew or eat items like crepe paper streamers or tinsel – these can discolor your pet's mouth, cause upset stomach, choking and intestinal blockage.
Pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns
While many people feed small amounts of pumpkin to their dogs for health purposes, there is a big difference between cooked and pureed "food-friendly" pumpkin, and decorative, raw pumpkins.
Stress Free Halloween
Although it is tempting to include your dog in the festivities, sometimes the best option for everyone is to keep the dog away from the festivities all together. Halloween can be a scary and stressful time for your dog. Halloween is synonymous with spooky music, strange noises, creepy decorations and holiday pranks. The yells and screams of trick-or-treaters, doorbells ringing and a parade of costumed strangers at the door might all be in good fun, but your dog probably doesn't know that.
We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!