As we move through October, the countdown to Halloween begins! Who else is excited about the creepy decor, costumes, and candy? Oh, I just love handing treats out to all the little kiddos as I guess their costumes. But along with the fun, comes a bit of fright for our canine kids. That’s why my friends over at PuppySpot put together this spook-tacular infographic to remind all of us puppy parents about the potential dangers lurking this Halloween. Follow these tips and you’ll have no reason to be PET-rified this season.
Keep Your PUP-kin Safe This Halloween
Whether your kiddos will be coming home with a big bag of goodies this Halloween or you just have a big bowl of candy waiting by the door for the little ghosts and goblins to arrive – that candy can be a ticking time bomb for Fido. According to Pet Poison Helpline:
“During the week of Halloween, calls to the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline increase by 12 percent, making it the call center’s busiest time of year.”
They say the four most common food-related Halloween hazards for pets are chocolate, candy, candy wrappers, and raisins. Make sure to keep these far away from your pup.
Who doesn’t love to dress their pooch in a fun Halloween costume? Last year, my two dogs were Batman and Batgirl! This year, I’m dressing them in little Minion hoodies. As PuppySpot pointed out in their infographic above, it’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable in his costume and nothing is obstructing his vision. If you’re looking for a few costume ideas, check these out:
Trick or Treat Greeter
I don’t know about your dogs, but mine think the doorbell is their arch enemy. So come trick-or-treat time, I usually keep my little guys in the bedroom with the television on and a bowl of food/water in easy reach. Then, I sit outside on my porch and wait for the kiddos to arrive. That way no one rings the doorbell and makes my fur babies upset AND the kids don’t get scared off by their barking.
Keep pseudo spider webs, candles, and light cords away from Fido. Dogs are naturally curious creatures and they will love to explore your new creepy decor!