Halloween might be one of the best holidays of the year, but for our dogs, it isn't necessarily all that fun. If your dog gets spooked easily, or is usually scavenging for leftover food and crumbs around, this holiday can actually be extremely dangerous.
Here are some safety tips to help you get into the Halloween spirit and keep your pupper safe, courtesy of VoiceNews.
1. DON'T OVERDO IT WITH THE COSTUME
Despite dog costumes being adorable, some of them might put your furry friend in distress. When picking out a look for your pet, make sure not to cover their eyes, nose, or mouth. Avoid any possible choking hazards, such as buttons or necklaces. And above all, make sure the costume actually fits them so that they can still walk around normally and not feel constricted.
2. BE CAREFUL WITH THE CANDY
It's obviously okay to bring your dog trick-or-treating or have them around the house while you're giving out candy to your neighbors, but you have to be careful they're not consuming any candy. Specifically, chocolate, macadamia nuts, raisins, and the artificial sweetener Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.
If you do take your dog trick-or-treating, make sure to have a trusty leash on them, so if they do get scared, they cannot escape easily.
3. AVOID UNNECESSARY SCARES
If your dog is known to scare easily, especially at noises, keep them in a quiet area of your house as your doorbell rings off the hook by trick-or-treaters. The noise and the fact that unknown people in costumes are seemingly trying to come into your home can create extreme stress for your furry friend.
Celebrating Halloween doesn't have to be a hassle with dogs; just make sure you're taking these tips into consideration when the holiday arrives.