Keep Away From Treats – We all know that chocolate is very dangerous to dogs – its poisonous and can make them very, very ill (or worse!) because it contains a compound called theobromine. Humans easily metabolize theobromine, but dogs process it much more slowly allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.
A large dog can consume more chocolate than a small dog before suffering ill effects. A small amount of chocolate will only give your dog an upset stomach with vomiting or diarrhoea. With large amounts, theobromine can produce muscle tremors, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, internal bleeding or a heart attack. The onset of theobromine poisoning is usually marked by severe hyperactivity.
Halloween is a time for treats, parties and gathering so make sure you and your guests don’t leave any chocolate or other sweet treats intendent or where a dog can reach them.
Update Identification Details – Making sure your dog’s identification tag and/or chip information is up to date is VERY important. If you pup gets our or runs away, you want to make sure they’re found and can be brought back to you safe and sound.
With people knocking on your door, fireworks or parties going on, your pooch might get a bit scared, stressed or confused and bolt for the door if it’s open. Obviously, keeping an eye on them and the door is the best thing to do, but if they do get out you need to ensure when they’re found they’re returned to the right address.
Keep Your Dog Indoors – This should go without saying, but Halloween can be cold (here in the Northern Hemisphere!), loud, scary and confusing. If you need to let your pup out for comfort breaks, go with them and supervise them at all times.
Don’t leave your dog outside on a night like this, they could get very cold, scared by lots of people or fireworks and more likely to run off if spooked. Inside is warm, safe and secure.
Adjust and Plan Their Walks - Walk your dog before it gets dark. If you get home after dark and don’t have time to walk your dog in daylight, think about fun ways to tire them out in the safety of your home. This could be with food toys, training, or Dog TV.
Party Problems – Are you thinking of having a Halloween party at your house? Before you do – make sure you know how to make the night as safe as possible for your dog! If your pooch is nervous around lots of people, makes sure there is a room for them that is away from the party. This needs to be somewhere quiet, warm and with all their necessities; food, water, dogs and a bed.
Ensure that your guests know that this room is off limits and the reason why your dog is in there. This should minimise the risk of someone nipping in for a visit and scaring your pooch.
If your dog is more sociable and not at all bothered by guest in your home, you need to be extra scareful. Make sure there are not treats, chocolate, alcohol or decoration that are left unattended or in reach of your dog. Partis usually have lots of food and drinks and they might just be a bit too tempting to your curious pup. Tell all your guests not to leave food or drinks unattended.
Even if your dog is ok with people and crows, it might be worth putting them in a room anyway, just to minimise the chance of them getting into something they shouldn’t. or making a run for the door.
No Costumes – Dressing your dog up for Halloween sounds like fun but can be anything but for them. If you know that your dog doesn’t mind costumes, then fair enough. But most dogs won’t be comfortable and might even get quite stressed when dressed up in anything but their coats.
Don’t force them into something or situations that is going to make them unhappy. It’s not fair to your pet and not at all worth doing to them for the sake of a social media post.
If your pet doesn’t mind costumes, make sure that’re good quality, are the correct fit and don’t leave them unattended.