Halloween is quickly approaching and while the holiday promises loads of fun for the whole family, there are potential dangers that can compromise the health of your beloved pets. Indeed, during Halloween dogs face increased risks as well as more stress than other times of the year. Whether we are talking about the abundance of candy and wrappers in the house or the noise and commotion caused by Halloween visitors, this time of year requires dog owners to take extra care.
Tricks and treats can be a source of anxiety for your dog during the Halloween season. Fireworks and the constant queue of visiting children can be scary for a dog. Owners with dogs that are prone to anxiety when they are around strangers should keep their dogs in a safe and comfortable environment. Not only can normal humans frighten a dog, but when they are dressed up the scare factor is certainly kicked up a notch. Plus, the loud noise from exploding fireworks and firecrackers is certain to freak out even the calmest dogs. As such, you should keep your dog in an interior room of the house where he is sheltered from the noise and the visitors.
Beyond the festivities of the day, Halloween also brings a bunch of treats into the house. Dogs will be curious and have been known to get into the kids treats. Unfortunately, human treats are often toxic to dogs. Chocolate and artificial sweeteners like xylitol (often found in gum) are highly toxic and can even be life threatening to dogs. To be safe, make sure you keep these candies well out of reach and that you dispose of wrappers and packaging effectively. Every Halloween, dogs are subject to the risk of choking, upset stomach, or gastrointestinal blockage because they consume candies or discarded wrappers. You may even want to keep some dog treats around so your beloved pet doesn’t feel left out!