Aww…woooo!!! It’s howl-o-ween time! You are excited and started decorating your house with spooky characters. You have also started looking around for costumes online for you and your dog or have shopped the local Halloween boutiques to see what they have.
Halloween is fun and exciting time for you and you want your doggy to experience the party as well. You already have plans for your dog to tag while trick or treats and even wear a Halloween costume! While this is a lot of fun for both you and your dog, you must also be aware of the dangers for your dog this Halloween season.
Trick or Treating: Candy and Chocolate is Toxic to your Pet
Why is trick or treating a threat to your dog? During Halloween chocolate and candy are abundant, as most households give out candy rather than toys or other Halloween goodies. The down side to this is that chocolate and other candies are poisonous to your pet.
Let’s talk about chocolate. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), dogs are susceptible to theobromine and caffeine- these chemicals are called methylxanthines that are present in chocolate.
If your dog eats chocolate, theobromine may kick in and your dog might suffer from vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. While the kind and amount of chocolate will depend on how much it affects your dog, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Remember CHOCOLATE has theobromine. THEOBROMINE is POISONOUS to DOGS!!!
How about other candy? Why is it toxic to dogs? Some companies use XYLITOL as an alternative sweetener in their products like tooth paste, bubble gums, baked goods and candy. Xylitol is a chemical that stimulates insulin release in most species like dogs which may result to LIVER FAILURE.
Insulin increase may lower your pet’s sugar level resulting to hypoglycemia. If your dog accidentally eats a candy with xylitol, there is a risk that your Fido may suffer from TOXICOSIS. Signs of toxicosis include, vomiting, exhaustion and loss of coordination and it may also result to seizures. Your dog’s liver may fail and this can happen in just a few days. If you suspect any issues, get your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Some Party Drinks And Foods Are Also Harmful!
Beverages and other foods which we normally drink and eat during parties are also hazardous to your dog like: alcoholic beverages, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins, yeast dough, garlic, and chives.
These foods or beverages when ingested by your pet especially at large amount may cause your dog to suffer from digestive, respiratory and central nervous system malfunction. Most common side effects are vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, tremors and other abnormalities that may result to coma and even death.
Plastic wrappers and foils from candies can be dangerous too. As you know dogs sniff around and if your pooch smells a candy wrapper and eat it, choking is possible and it may block the intestine.
It’s no fun when your dog gets sick so it’s best to know before Halloween to take extra precaution during your Halloween parties to watch your dog.
Halloween Decorations, Electrocution and Fire
Electrical wirings, extension cords, and other decorations can also be dangerous if your dog tries to chew them, the end result may be electrical shock that is life threatening. Keep these things out of reach from your Fido. If you must have them around, try to coat them in a substance that is not tasty to a dog such as bitter apple.
Dogs are curious so if you light a candle on your carved pumpkin make sure your Fido can’t knock it over or else it will cause fire.
My Doggy Costume Not So Tight Please!
Last but not least, your pet’s costume can also be a threat if it is unsafe. There are costumes that restrict your dog’s ability to move, breath, hear or even bark. Have a dress rehearsal before Halloween night and observe if your dog is comfortable with the costume and not allergic to the fabric.
Make sure that the fabric or any accessories you put on to your dog can’t be easily torn, chewed and swallowed to avoid choking and injury. Dog Halloween costumes can be fun, but they need to be fitted correctly.
Ding! Dong! Door Bell Scare
Ding dong! Ding dong! Trick or treaters will be ringing your door bell all night long. Your dog may get scared and terrified with the sound and the appearance of every person who will approach your door.
Every dog reacts differently when they are frightened. Little pooches may hide and stay in a corner and avoid every soul that looks scary. But some dogs they become aggressive and they bark all the time. If this thing happens try to calm down your canine friend and re-assure him or her that everything is okay. If you know that your dog gets very excited over the door bell, it is suggested to put them in another room or bring them to a friend’s house for the night.
If you observe that your Fido has the tendency to bite strangers, it’s best to put him in a room away from the main door.
The Run Away Doggy!
When you decide to go trick or treat with your dog put on his leash. He loves his dog costume, follows you around but not all the time. Some kids and teen-agers are bullies during Halloween night and they try to scare your dog. Even if your dog is sociable and friendly, if he or she gets spooked…you may end up running after your run away doggy!
Don’t forget to put on the leash. And the most importantly remember the dog ID please. If your dog runs away and gets lost, whoever finds your pet will be able to contact you and will return your dear doggy to you.