Halloween brings both pets and family together. Kids love dressing up, going from door-to-door and collecting tasty spoils from candy-bound holiday quests. Many dogs love the attention they get from others, the impromptu walks around the neighborhood and the doggy treats bestowed upon them for being good sports.
But many of the things we enjoy about Halloween as humans, may not be as fun for our pets. Before breaking out that adorable Wonder Woman costume for your dog, consider these tips from The Barking Lot.
Candy is Strictly for the Kiddos
This may go without saying, but candy is high in sugar and can be toxic to pets. Brands like Candy Corn are made with pure sugar and could lead to gas and diarrhea in your pet.
Sometimes candy comes wrapped in foil and when consumed before opening, can cause an obstruction in the intestines, irritating the lining of the G.I. tract. Even treats that are sugar-free can be deadly for your pet. Xylitol, a sugar substitute may lead to a drop in blood sugar, causing lethargy, seizures and liver damage or failure in dogs.
One of the most common treats distributed on Halloween is chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins are particularly harmful to pets. Chocolate can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures, while raisins can lead to kidney failure. Together these ingredients can be lethal. Seek immediate medical treatment if your pet consumes this treat.
Spooky Sounds and Eerie Noises are No Fun for Fido
Experts suggest placing your pet in a quiet room before trick-or-treaters come knocking. If your Halloween shenanigans include creaking doors or ghostly boos, your pet may not be as amused as your guests. A dog’s hearing is twice that of a human’s and they can detect sounds we can’t. Because they can get easily spooked, it’s best to keep your pet as far away from the festivities as possible.
Strange Costumes are Even Stranger for your Pet
A parade of scary masks and costumes can be overwhelming for your dog when they’re constantly at your door. He might lash out by growling, barking or even trying to bite unsuspecting callers. Keep everyone safe by removing him from the holiday happenings.
Consider Your Pet Before Your Dress Him
You know your dog better than anyone else. If he’s not a fan of Halloween fashion, you might want to think twice before dressing him up. If you do decide to put on a costume and your pet is ok with it, be sure his outfit is loose fitting and comfortable. Avoid dressing him in anything that ties around the head or neck or that might cause overheating. Watch for small buttons, bows and other accessories that can fall off and be accidentally swallowed. Stear clear of things that might limit his ability to move, see or breathe.
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We carry everything from food and chews to collars, beds, treats and more. Stop by and check out our complete line of dog-friendly products.