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Posted on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Have you made your dog safety preparations for Halloween?

Halloween Dog Safety

Now that fall is in full swing, there are a number of wonderful events and holidays to look forward to in the coming months, but many could cause problems from a dog wellness perspective. One of the early highlights of fall is Halloween, which is an enjoyable time for kids and adults alike, but can be quite dangerous for canines. As you get your home ready for the coming holiday, be sure to keep in mind the following tips to keep your dog safe during the holidays.

Create a safe zone

If your dog has a tendency to bark loudly whenever the doorbell rings or is genuinely startled when he or she sees someone in costumes, you may want to keep your pet in a separate area of the house during Halloween night, suggested Paw-Rescue.org. A basement or bedroom is the best choice, and you should also bring in your pet’s bed, a few toys and visit him or her often throughout the night. This will prevent your dog from becoming spooked by visitors and the constant ringing of doorbells, and will give you peace of mind knowing your dog is safe and sound.

Be mindful of candy around the house

Whether your kids are diving into their Halloween haul or you have a treat bowl near the front door, you should be mindful of your dog’s curious nature and tendency to eat anything that seems appealing. Chocolate is potentially deadly for dogs, and other ingredients found in candy could cause your dog’s digestive system to experience problems. Additionally, Petfinder.com advised that tin foil and candy wrappers are especially hazardous, and they can cause painful intestinal blockages in some cases.

Think twice before investing in canine costumes

While it may seem cute to dress your dog up in a costume for Halloween, some dogs are not keen on the idea of feeling constricted in a costume. Before buying any dog Halloween costume, be mindful of your dog’s behavioral tendencies, and look for a costume that won’t restrict your pet’s vision, hearing or range of movement. Everyone loves a good photo of a dog in a costume, but you should be mindful of your dog’s needs instead of making him or her feel extremely uncomfortable for the sake of a photo op.

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We know that adopting a dog or cat is a huge commitment, so we’re here to help you feel confident and become the best pet parent you can be.