Prepare to celebrate Halloween with your pup…while keeping them safe!

Halloween is coming quick, and you’ve likely already stockpiled the candy and started dashing about for a last-minute costume. In the midst of all the hubbub, don’t forget that your pooch could be just as eager to celebrate as you are! Have you noticed how dogs can tune in to the positive energy surrounding a holiday? Why not make them part of the fun?

 Of course, at the same time, you want to ensure that your pups stay safe and healthy. So what are ways to help them join the Halloween festivities and protect them at the same time?

  1. For starters, you can see if there are any dog-focused Halloween parties going on in your area. Canine Halloween parties are becoming increasingly popular, with dog costume contests and tasty treats (and maybe some doggy tricks!). Check around your local shelters or adoption agencies as well and see if any of them are holding special Halloween events that you can help support!
  2. Just as you or your kids may come home with a bag loaded with candy, put together a collection of special treats to give your dog. May we suggest some Homestyle Baked Biscuits, of either the Peanut Butter & Molasses, Chicken & Potato, or Bacon & Cheese variety?
  3. Take your dog trick-or-treating with the family! Provide their own costume, and then enjoy strolling about while keeping them safely leashed and under control. It’ll provide an extra level of fun–and adorableness–as you go door-to-door. Plus, they’ll appreciate the exercise!

Keep in mind that Halloween does pose some potential hazards to dogs as well. Here are a few things to watch out for:

  • Make sure, of course, to keep an eye on your candy stash and make sure–when you’re not handing treats out at the door–that it’s out of your pup’s reach!
  • When choosing a costume for your pet, make sure it fits comfortable and doesn’t restrict their breathing. Also be cautious with costumes that include metal bits, beads, or other small pieces your dog could accidentally ingest.
  • If you’re decorating for the spooky season, make sure to use non-toxic materials in case your pup decides to take a nibble of that intriguing-looking spiderweb or tombstone. Also, if you want some candles around the house for atmosphere, consider battery-powered LED candles, which won’t singe any fur and last longer!
  • Worried that your pup has eaten something hazardous? The Pet Poison Helpline has released a nifty iPhone app that covers numerous toxic items for pets and important, potentially life-saving steps to take in case of exposure.

Have a happy Howl-o-Ween, everyone!

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