Tips for a Safe and Happy Howl-oween
Halloween is just around the corner, and it's the perfect time to get into the spooky spirit with your furry friend! Natural dog food brand Barking Heads shares top tips on how to celebrate the spookiest night of the year with your canine companion while keeping them safe from potential hazards.
Beware of Toxic Treats
When it comes to Halloween treats, sweets are a no-go for your four-legged friend. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is highly toxic to dogs as it contains theobromine. Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in many sugar-free candies and gum, can also be harmful to dogs. Keep these sweet treats far out of your pup's reach, and remind children not to share their loot with your furry friend.
If you do want to treat your pup, opt for dog-friendly Halloween treats. They're a great way to include your pup in the festivities without compromising their health. But do feed them to your dog in moderation.
Pumpkins are a staple of Halloween decorations, and they can also be a tasty and nutritious treat for your dog. Plain, cooked pumpkin (without spices, sugar, or additives) is safe for dogs and can be a great addition to their diet. You can use it as a topping for their regular food or even bake some homemade pumpkin dog treats.
Keep Costumes Comfortable
Dressing up your dog in a cute Halloween costume is a fun tradition, but it's essential to ensure their comfort and safety. Choose a costume that doesn't restrict their movement, vision, or breathing. Make sure it doesn't have small parts that can be chewed off and swallowed. Allow your dog to get used to the costume gradually, and always supervise them while they're wearing it.
Manage Crowds and Loud Noises
Halloween often involves busy streets, crowds, and noisy festivities. Some dogs may find these situations overwhelming. Here’s how to keep your pup calm:
- Exercise beforehand: Give your dog a good workout earlier in the day, so they are tired and less anxious during the evening's activities.
- Create a safe space: Set up a quiet and comfortable area in your home where your dog can retreat to if they become stressed. This could be a crate or a cosy room with their favourite toys and bedding.
- Use a leash: If you decide to take your dog for a walk during Halloween, always keep them on a leash and ensure they're wearing proper identification in case they get scared and bolt.
- Provide distractions: Keep your dog occupied with toys, treats, or puzzles to divert their attention from the outside noise.
- Desensitization: Prior to Halloween, you can try desensitizing your dog to loud noises by playing recordings of fireworks or other common sounds at a low volume and gradually increasing it over time
- Be mindful of decorations: Halloween decorations can be enticing for curious dogs, but some can be dangerous. Keep an eye out for candles, electrical cords, and small decorations that your dog might try to chew on or knock over. These can lead to burns or other injuries.
Halloween is a time for fun and spooky celebrations, and your dog can be a part of it all with proper care and precautions. By avoiding toxic treats, ensuring their costume is comfortable, and managing their exposure to crowds and loud noises, you can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween with your beloved furry companion. Remember, their safety and well-being should always be a top priority as you enjoy the festivities together. Happy Howl-oween!