Walk or let your
dog out before the trick-or-treaters start to visit. Your pets
should not be outdoors unless they are supervised. Black cats
can be targets for cruel jokes this time of year so take precautions
to protect your pets.
Candy is not good
for animals so be sure to place all of the goodies in a secure
place. If a dog eats chocolate it can be deadly.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include: Vomiting, diarrhea, rapid
heartbeat, hyperactivity, increased thirst, excessive drooling,
frequent urination, muscle tremors, seizures or coma. If any
of these symptoms occur your dog can be in serious danger so get
them to a vet immediately.
wrappers can pose a choking hazard or cause a intestinal blockage so
make sure all trash is thrown away immediately.
masks can really scare your dog. A scared dog can be
unpredictable so always take precautions. Let the dog know
that it is you. Never try and scare the dog as a joke. If
he/she is afraid then make sure they are kept in another room away
from the door where the trick-or-treaters arrive.
Keep pieces to
your costume out of the reach of your pet. Wigs, rubber or
plastic masks, make up and small accessories can be hazardous to
your dogs health.
Make sure all
Halloween decorations are out of the reach of the dog. Remember that
your pet will be very curious with the new items in your home. Use
caution if you plan to decorate with a lit carved pumpkin.
Make sure it is located in a place where your pet can not reach.
This is especially true if you have a curious kitten in the house.
If you opt
to put a costume on your dog make sure he/she is comfortable in it.
Eyes, and ears should not be covered and the leg movement should not
be jeopardized. Never put anything over its face that could
restrict breathing. If your pet seems stressed by the costume
then give up the idea.
Many dogs do not
like strangers, especially in the dark and in unfamiliar settings,
so think about leaving your dog at home on Halloween. The dog
will probably be happier in the long run. Never take your dog
and leave him/her in the car.
Be sure you dog
has a collar and identification on them just in case they escape
with the doors opening.
remember that all of the excitement may make your dog tired so let