Wellness Wednesday

October 26, 2022

Welcome to Halloween, the funnest holiday of the year for goblins, ghosts, and ghouls!

But for your doggo it can be quite a different experience. Loud noises, scary people in costumes, open doors and piles and piles of candy (good for humans, bad for dogs).

But, by following just a few “rules” you can make this Halloween safe and sane for your furry friend.

Tip #1 – Make Doggo Costumes Cool and Comfortable

As our friends at PetMD recommend

  • Find a dog costume that is breathable and fits just right. If it’s too loose it will be restrictive and if it’s too tight it can rub and cause irritations.

  • Make sure the costume doesn’t restrict movement, hearing, or eyesight, and doesn’t have accessories that can be ingested.

  • Try the costume on your dog several times before Halloween night and let them get accustomed to it. If your dog behaves as though they don’t enjoy it, don’t force them to wear it.

Tip #2 – Keep Treats Out of Reach

Candy, especially chocolate, is toxic to dogs. It often contains theobromine and caffeine, both okay for humans but bad for doggos and almost all other candy contains artificial sweeteners such as xylitol.

Leave a plastic pumpkin full of candy on the ground for your dog to eat and it’s a trip to the animal emergency room for sure.

Image courtesy of AKC

Tip #3 - Decorations are Dangerous Toys

Decorations can look like tons of fun to play with, (especially for puppies) but they can also be harmful and sometimes dangerous. Secure and cover any wires and cords to prevent your dog from chewing on them and getting burned or shocked.

Tip #4 – Make Sure Pet Id and Dog Collars are Updated

After the 4th of July, more dogs get out and lost on Halloween than any other holiday. It makes sense. There is a lot of noise and confusion, open doors, and distractions.

Make sure your dog is wearing it’s collar and that it’s ID tags are current. If he does get out, you will have a much better chance of getting him back safe and sound.

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Tip #5 – Control Stress and Anxiety

For the reasons we have outlined above, Halloween night can be downright terrifying for your dog. If your pup isn’t up for the spooky night, it’s best to leave them at home in a quiet and secure space away from the front door.

One of the best ways of calming your dog's anxiety is to burn off any excess energy they might have prior to Halloween night. A nice long brisk walk a couple of hours before the trick-or-treating starts could help to reduce your dog's anxiety significantly. Using calming or anti-anxiety supplements can also help ease your Doggos anxiety.

Have a spooky and fun Halloween!

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