Halloween Hazards for your dog
While it's a fun family holiday, Halloween can also pose several hazards for dogs. It's important to remember that our dogs don't understand the concept or context of this time of year, and it's important to be considerate and appropriate around them.
Candy and Chocolates: Many Halloween candies and treats, such as chocolate, xylitol (a sugar substitute), and raisins, can be toxic to dogs. Keep all candy and chocolate out of your dog's reach, especially when there are little hands full of them in the house! Make sure you remind children that these aren't the kind of treats your dog will enjoy, and that they can make them seriously unwell.
Decorations: Dogs might be curious about Halloween decorations, which could lead to them chewing on or swallowing small objects like plastic or rubber items. This can pose a choking hazard or lead to gastrointestinal issues. It's also important to bear in mind that your dog may be frightened of decorations that move, make noises or resemble hooded or aggressive figures, especially if these appear in their own home.
Costumes: While dressing up your dog in a costume can be fun for you, not all dogs enjoy wearing them. Make sure the costume isn't too tight or restrictive and that it doesn't have any small parts that your dog could chew off and swallow.
Trick-or-Treating: If you're taking your dog trick-or-treating with you, be mindful of their comfort. The costumes, crowds, and noises may cause anxiety for some dogs, particularly as the nature of the holiday is to promote fear! Keep them secure and on lead, ensuring they are safe as well as not posing any danger to other dogs or humans. If your dog is visibly uncomfortable, take them back to where they can relax and not find themselves in an environment in which they are not at ease. Also be mindful of the effect frequent strangers at the door, door knocking or doorbell ringing may be having on your dog, who is perhaps not accustomed to so much activity in their home.
Lit Pumpkins and Candles: Aside from the obvious fire hazard, be mindful that your dog will be attracted to cut and fresh pumpkins, particularly when they are at ground level and easily accessible. While pumpkin is not harmful to dogs, they should be monitored at all times around things they may want to eat, particularly when that thing contains fire!
Halloween Parties: If you're hosting a Halloween party, make sure your dog has a safe and quiet space away from the festivities, loud music, strangers, and noisy costumes.
Loud Noises: Fireworks and loud Halloween celebrations can be frightening for dogs. Keep them in a quiet, secure room during these times to minimise stress and the risk of them escaping. A night at K9 Anytime in our countryside retreat may be just the ticket if your dog needs a quiet night away so you can party on.