Halloween is one of the most fun, exciting holidays of the year, but can also be very stressful and unsafe for our beloved pets. Doorbells, strangers, loud noises and chocolate oh my! Here are some important things to consider on this Halloween.
If possible, leave your dog home, if you can’t then:
Keep your distance, stand back, do not approach houses and don’t let strangers, especially in costume approach your pup. Use a short leash to maintain control, and have your dog sits while waiting at each house to lessen protective and fight or flight responses.
Nix doggy costumes, unless your pet is totally comfortable in the costume, leave it at home as it is likely to cause added anxiety.
Don’t dress up, if Fido doesn’t recognize you it can be very confusing and chaotic for the pooch. It is best for you to leave your costume at home, so your pup feels safe.
Other helpful tips:
- Ensure decorations, small trappings and all flammable fixtures are away from your pet.
- Keep your dog away from candy and wrappers as this can not only be toxic but a choking hazard.
- Keep pets contained in a quiet area of your home to avoid rushing the door each time the bell rings.
- If you are not home, hire a pet sitter, leaving a pet outside is not the best solution as the loud noises and constant activity can be traumatic.
Festive doggy treats is a good way to include your pet in the celebration!
Unless your pooch has a food allergy to pumpkin, this is a yummy and healthy treat, here’s why:
The natural oils contained in pumpkins are not only a healthy snack for your pooch, but are said to be good for their urinary system!
Canned pumpkin is high in fiber and low in calories which helps digestion and can help manage your pet’s weight.
Beware of canned pumpkin that may be high in preservatives and chemicals, always check labels!
Have a happy & healthy Halloween!