So many people love Halloween — it’s a time to let loose, dress up in fun costumes, and overdose on candy.

For our dogs, however, the holiday can be scary in more ways than one.

Here are some tips to keep your dog happy and safe all Halloween long…

  • Chocolate and sweets can be dangerous to your dog.  The canine digestive system is not adapted for sweets, and chocholate contains Theobromine, which can be harmful and sometimes fatal to your dog.  Baking chocolate is especially high in this chemical.
  • Walk your dog early on Halloween, while it is still light outside.  Your dog may find candy, wrappers, and broken eggs on lawns and streets.  Make sure that these “tempting treats” stay out of reach.
  • Children in costumes can frighten dogs.  Make sure pets are in a safe and secure room when you answer the door to prevent them from running out, getting hurt, and frightening your visitors.
  • Costumes are fine for photos, but don’t try to take your dog trick-or-treating in a costume that impairs vision or mobility.
  • If you want your dog to greet trick-or-treaters, keep him on a leash.  He may be stressed by the noise, activity, or simply the interruption of his normal routine.
  • Don’t leave your dog outside unattended on Halloween, even if he is behind a fence.  Pranksters may target your dog with eggs, and passersby may be tempted to give him harmful treats and candy.
  • Be careful about where you place candles and Jack-o-Lanterns.  They can easily be knocked over by your dog’s wagging tail and either burn him or start a fire.
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