Halloween tips for dogs:
Ghouls and ghosts and goblins, oh my! If you’re like most dog owners who enjoy Halloween, you’ll likely involve Fido in your festivities. Whether you’re hosting a party or bringing along your dog for the trick-or-treating, there are a variety of tips to keep in mind to maintain the safety and fun of Halloween with your dog.
- Make sure treats are really treats. It may be tempting to toss a bite size Snickers or leftover party food to your dog. Just because Halloween is a fun holiday for your dog, that doesn’t mean you also need to toss the rules out the window. Think of the food factor as any other day for dear ol’ Fido. (Click here for a list of toxins & poisons for pets.)
- If you carve a pumpkin into a Jack-o-lantern, be wary of the candles, this is an ultra important fire hazard safety Halloween tip for your dog. Your dog may easily bump into the pumpkin or his tail may get too close to the flame. That said, if you decide to create one blow out the candle every night and ensure your dog does not get too close to the flame.
- If you hang spooky skeletons and other scary decorations, make sure it’s nothing that your dog can’t reach and get tangled around his neck. Just like other decorations you would bring into your home or porch, think of this not as a holiday or Halloween tip for your dog, but overall safety tip nonetheless.
- Try to keep your dog away from people he is not familiar with. This time of year, Halloween with your dog will equate to neighborhood dogs decked out in costumes. Since excitement will be at an all time high, make sure your dog does not get too riled up.
- Leashes are your friends. Use one!
- Children are four times more likely to be killed in car accidents on Halloween than on any other night of the year. Case in point yet again, for this ultra smart dog Halloween tip of keeping your dog leashed, it’s important to stay out of traffic’s way.
- You may be running on empty between the excitement, the candy, trick-or-treaters, dressing up or all of the above. By celebrating Halloween with your dog, it’s important to maintain your routine so your dog can maintain his. Make sure he’s still fed nutritious food and gets his rest.
Overall, proper safety and comfort is important for your dog to enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween. At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being. For more information about Halloween tips for your dog, call us at 713-529-0334 or toll-free at 1-877-4RAW-DOG.