All Hallow’s Eve is here and chances are there’s boys, ghouls, and four legged beasts roaming the streets! Halloween is upon us and as thoughts start shifting to Thanksgiving, it’s best to keep safety tips in mind for the upcoming holidays. Whether Fido likes to join in on a night of tricks and treats or prefers to stay home and keep you company while you hand out candies, we’ve rounded tips and reminders for Halloween and the holidays in general to ensure a frightfully fun Halloween and safe holiday season. Check out the below and enjoy the rest of the fall harvest season!
Even if your pup is known for his or her wonderful temperament around children, resist the temptation to leave them in the yard during trick or treating hours. Halloween costumes could trigger an abnormal reaction, and it’s never a good idea to leave your pet in the yard when anticipating heavier foot traffic. Halloween is also known for pranks, so be sure to keep your pet inside and safely away from the door.
If your taking your pet trick or treating use extreme caution. Only consider taking out very socialized dogs that are accustomed to being in public places. Because costumes may cause alarm in pets, it’s really best to leave them at home but if you’re confident your dog will enjoy the family festivities place them in a harness and always keep them away from toxic glow sticks.
Once the trick or treating has wound down there’s still reason to take heed from Halloween. Various candies can be very toxic for pets and children should be reminded to keep their candy out of reach from animals – and a little help from mom or dad in this department goes a long way!
Thanksgiving and Holiday Tips
Dogs are a beloved part of the family, and it’s common for folks to want to include them in holiday festivities. Giving your dog a little turkey meat is fine, but remember that skinless meat is best and be sure it’s cooked through. Never give your dog cranberries, turkey bones, or any foods with herbs included as they can be toxic or hard on your dog’s digestive system.
Now that you’re well versed on what foods are fine to share Fido, it’s important to remember that alcoholic beverages area an absolute no-no! Never give your dog alcohol under any circumstances nor food with alcohol (or sugar) incorporated.
Dogs can be very full of energy around the holidays due to visitors and overall excitement. Consider waking early before the festivities begin to give your dog some extra exercise, that way they can be relaxed once visitors begin arriving. If your dog has a history of social anxiety consider keeping away from the crowds, and always provide a safe space where even the most social pup can retreat. Also remember to keep the garbage can lid securely in place, and keep your plate out of reach! It’s tempting being around so many delicious smells.
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