Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults, but it can be a dangerous one for dogs. It’s important to make sure your dog stays safe from tricks or dangers this Halloween. Keep the following information in mind, so you and your dog can have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Halloween Tricks or Dangers for Dogs
Whether you’re celebrating Halloween with kids or other adults, be cautious about items that are in your dog’s reach. If you’re having an adult Halloween party, keep alcohol in places that your dog can’t get to. Some seasonal drinks with alcohol have a sweet odor that dogs might be drawn to, but these beverages could result in a trip to the emergency vet clinic. Alcohol can cause severe and possibly life-threatening damage to your dog’s kidneys.
Candy is another common danger for dogs during Halloween. Hard candies can be a choking hazard, especially for smaller dogs. Candy with chocolate in it is considered toxic to dogs and should be kept in a safe place that your dog can’t access. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can build up quickly in a dog’s system and cause vomiting, seizures and potentially fatal effects.
You’ll also need to be careful about Halloween decor around your home. Decorations that have strings or lights can be hazardous if your dog tends to chew on things. If you have Jack-o-lanterns with lit candles in them, make sure your dog can’t get near them and knock them over.
Halloween Treats for Dogs
One of the most effective ways to keep dogs safe from Halloween dangers is by distracting them with treats. This doesn’t mean giving them just any treats, though. Make sure you give your dog something safe and healthy to snack or chew on. This will help keep your dog occupied while you’re giving out candy at the door or having a Halloween party. Consider giving your dog bully sticks or sweet potatoes as a distraction. Bully sticks provide dogs with a tough treat to chew on, which keeps them busy for awhile. Sweet potatoes offer dogs a nutritious treat that contains fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
When you have your bully sticks or sweet potato treats ready, your dog will be all set to have a safe Halloween. Just remember to keep candy, alcohol and any other dangerous items out of reach, so you can also enjoy the holiday.