Halloween safety tips for dogs

It’s not just her. Halloween is a stressful time for dogs.

Use these tips and safety measures to ensure your pet’s safety on Halloween.

Tips to keep your dog safe this Halloween

I can’t imagine how my dog must feel when strangers in scary costumes show up at our door each year. She is definitely stressed.

You dog knows more about your pets than you do. Think of ways to make the Halloween experience fun for your animal. Here are seven safety tips.

Tips for wearing dog costumes

Although dressing up your pets for Halloween can be a lot of fun, it is important to remember safety.

Watch Out for Stress and Anxiety In Your Dog

Don’t force your pet to wear the costume. Not all dogs enjoy dressing up. If your dog doesn’t care for extras, you can give them a bandana with a Halloween theme.

2. Check Dog Costumes For Loose Parts

Dog costumes can contain choking hazards, such as ribbons, buttons or beads. Dogs are notorious for tearing apart anything, including costumes.

3. Make Sure Your Dog’s Costume Fits Properly

Dog costumes and other clothing can have a tricky sizing. Make sure the costume does not feel too tight to your dog.

3. Masks for Halloween are inappropriate

A dog mask is great for taking photos but not so much when trick-or treating with pets.

4. Avoid selecting a costume which is too large or heavy

Select a comfortable costume for your pet.

Choose a lightweight dog costume

Avoid overheating by wearing lightweight clothing.

7. Remember to keep your dog’s visibility in mind

For your pet to be more visible, make sure the costume you choose is bright or reflective.

There are many other choices if your dog is not a fan of wearing costumes. You can have just as much fun with a Halloween bandana.

Halloween safety tips for your dog

If you are eating candy for Halloween, make sure there is no wrapping left behind. The dogs are very good at picking up things off the floor.

Some treats and candies are poisonous to dogs

Chocolate and sweetened candies containing xylitol are poisonous to dogs. If you suspect your dog may have ingested a toxic substance, call your veterinarian or local emergency clinic. Xylitol can cause death in dogs.


In Moderation, Pumpkin Is Good For You

A pureed pumpkin treat is an excellent Halloween treat. The pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene and potassium. Cooked and canned pumpkins both are healthy for dogs.

My favourite pumpkin dog treat is the pumpkin scone. Unsure of how to make dog treats? Don’t worry. I got you covered. Here are 10 of my favorite pumpkin dog treat recipes.

Pets can be stressed by trick-or-treaters

Many dogs will become stressed and anxious by the constant ringing of doorbells and knocking at doors.

If you give your dog candy, it may escape.

Dogs can be scared of masks. They may not feel safe around strangers wearing them or loud noises. Make sure your dog has access to food and water.

If you’re worried about the anxiety of your dog, consult your veterinarian.

Seven Pet Halloween Decoration Safety Guidelines

  1. Your dogs are curious about anything new that enters your home. Certain Halloween decorations may be dangerous due to their electric or fire hazards.
  2. Do not let your dog access the pumpkin unsupervised. Although they do not contain poison, they can cause stomach problems if eaten in whole form.
  3. Keep candles and Jack-o’-lanterns out of reach of young children.
  4. Do not let your pets’ paws touch electrical cords.
  5. If you have dogs who love to chew on things, avoid electric shocks. This is especially true for puppies.
  6. Avoid other dangers by keeping your Halloween decorations out of reach.

Although glow sticks do not contain toxic chemicals, their dibutylphtalate liquid can cause irritation to the eyes, nose, and salivary glands, leading to excessive drooling.

If you have a dog with a tail like mine, he can knock over anything including candles or decorations.

Dogs and Outdoor Hazards

Do not leave your pet in the yard on Halloween. Don’t leave your dog in the backyard on Halloween.

Any animal is at risk, even if black cats are the most common victims of Halloween tricks.

Trick or Treat with your Dog

Safety tips when trick-or treating with pets:

  1. Do not let your children take your dogs door-to-door alone.
  2. Only take your dog if it’s well-socialized and friendly with strangers.
  3. Is your dog good with children? Many kids will come to your dog on Halloween.
  4. If your dog is able to leave items, such as candy wrappers on the ground, you’re likely to see them.
  5. Don’t forget your pet’s bag of poop. Do not let anyone ruin Halloween by stepping in your dog’s mess.
  6. Keep your dog on a leash and make sure they have a valid ID.
  7. LED harnesses and collars, or reflective clothing can help you be more visible.
  8. Bring your pets water
  9. Make sure the dog is comfortable with its costume by trying it on a few times.
  10. Bring along a second adult who can keep an eye out for the kids and dog.

Dogs may stay indoors due to the noise and stress associated with Halloween.

If you follow these tips, your Halloween will be safe and fun for the whole family. Don’t force pets to dress up or participate if they are uncomfortable. Most dogs would rather stay home to avoid all the noise and chaos.

What will you do with your dog this Halloween?

How will you spend Halloween with your pets? Will you dress them up or bring them to the Halloween Parade for trick-or treating? Did your dog have a good time? Share your experiences in the comments.