Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, full of candy, spooktacular decorations, and dressing up. I have two dogs and am always determined to get them in costume, too. But what many of us forget is that this holiday can be dangerous and harmful to furry friends. Although you may be having fun and although their costume might look cute and festive, your dog may be uncomfortable or at risk. Pet safety during Halloween is so important!
1. No Costumes that Constrict Movement
When dressing your pets up for Halloween, make sure to try it on before the actual night. If your pet seems to look uncomfortable, distressed, or showing abnormal behavior- you should know that the costume will be unsuitable and inappropriate for your pet to wear. Costumes should not constrict them from movement, hearing or sight, or impede their ability to breathe, bark, or meow.
When picking out your pet’s costumes, watch out for any small, dangly pieces that can be easily chewed off to avoid your pet choking. They can also snag on outside obstacles, potentially causing harm from the twisting of the costume.
Both makeup and face paint can be harmful to animals’ skin, causing irritation. It may also be eaten by the dog, in which case would cause stomach aches or even infection.
4. Don’t give them Candy
All candies, especially dark chocolate, are extremely harmful to pets when eaten. Instead, treat them to their favorite doggy snack. If you find that your pet has eaten any type of candy, call your veterinarian or local control center immediately.
Keep any Halloween decorations, including pumpkins and candy corns, out of your pets’ reach. It will be harmful to them and cause stomach issues if eaten or nibbled on.
6. Don’t take your pet’s trick-or-treating
Play it safe, and do not take your pet with you while trick-or-treating. This will avoid accidentally eating dropped candy, getting frightened by other trick-or-treaters, or starting dog fights.
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