Do our pets like the celebration of Halloween? What is the danger behind Halloween for your Dog?
If you are answering now, there is no danger for my Dog you are wrong. Read on and understand the things that can harm your Dog on Halloween. It might sound simple and normal. Be aware and better safe than sorry.
1.The Trick and Treat Bowl. How dangerous is Candy and Sweets for your Dog?
If you think your dog can’t reach the Trick and Treat Bowl filled with chocolate, sweets and Candy, Think again”. Dogs are intelligent, and you know when they want something they go for it.
If you think your dog can’t reach the Trick and Treat Bowl filled with chocolate, sweets and Candy,
Think again”. Dogs are intelligent, and you know when they want something they go for it.
Halloween is a time where kids can indulge in sweets, chocolate and candy. Kids and Adults running around with the trick and treat bag. No doubt it is fun for young and old. It is also a potential danger for our dogs.
If you have a dog like I have who is munching and eating on everything, that smells like food, then you have to pay extra attention to where do you keep the trick and treat bowl.
1. Why Candy, Sweets and Chocolate are dangerous for your dog.
Chocolate and Candy are not for dogs, and if you want to keep your Dog safe than keep them in a locked container. Sweets, Candy and Chocolate are toxic in a high dose to a dog. Their dog body is not made to metabolise those kinds of foods.
It does not mean that you can not feed your dog treats, get proper dog treats for your Dog. There are pumpkin, apple, banana, cranberry treats available.
There are dog chocolate and dog candy around, and you can bake special dog treats or dog cookies for your Dog. Apple slices and Pumpkin make a great dog treat and on top of it, there are healthy and delicious. ( just in case your dog likes it… my dogs do not like the treats to healthy )
I tell you a story, I have seen a video on Instagram and let me tell you it was scary and I could sympathize with the dog owner how she felt.
When Halloween goes wrong and you have an S.O.S Emergency…
Two years ago there was a video, and it did go viral on Instagram where a dog had eaten 20 or more of the chocolate bars it was Halloween. The Lady panicked and was asking what she should do now, so she rushed with the Dog to the vet emergency clinic.
When the doctor checked the Dog, he decided to induce vomiting,
and a few minutes later, a big pile of eaten and uneaten chocolate came out.
It looked terrible, and I am not showing you the picture because it is not a beautiful view.
It was a big brown mush, and unfortunately, some chocolate still had the wrapping around them. Think about how dangerous is that.
I guess the Dog was so excited to have gotten into the Bowl of chocolate and he just swallowed all the chocolate and candy and forget to chew it. That is so dangerous, please keep an eye on your trick and treat container.
Keep an eye on your Dog when kids throw candy and sweets on the floor or throw away that your dog is not picking it up and eats it.
2.Halloween Decorations and your Dog. Yes, your Halloween Deco can be a danger to your dog.
One thing I like to mention is the Halloween decorations. If you create your Halloween decor by yourself you will mostly use carved pumpkin and corn stalk. I love putting pumpkins and cornstalk around my home outside and inside as they make excellent and beautiful decorations.
Be careful where you place them and when you have nosy dogs like me, who like to put there nose and mouth on everything that smells like food you have to be quite careful where do you place your decoration.
Especially Pumpkin what is one of their favourite foods. ( Pumpkin treats)
Coming back to pumpkins, they are perfect for dogs, but at the same time, they can also be dangerous to your Dog.
Especially when your dogs start to chew your Pumpkin, and they swallow too big pieces, those pieces can cause blockages and your dog might need surgery to remove them, besides that they can also choke on them when they get stuck in their airpipe.
My carved pumpkins have candles inside and when I lighten them they look so good and beautiful. If my dogs knock them over, the pumpkin will catch fire.
Happen twice to me and believe me I got a bit scared not much burned but the fact that it can happen made me more cautious.
Want to know my solution now? I use the LED candles that are powered by batteries and they are so cool they even flicker and they look real. You can get them in any DIY store or sometimes in the supermarket.
Another problem what happens if you use real pumpkins is that the pumpkin when it gets old, depends on the environment can get mouldy. When your dog is eating that mouldy pumpkin it can give him an upset stomach.
Halloween and Cornstalks Deco
Corn Stalks are a beautiful decoration, and the cornstalks when dried are really nice and dogs love to chew them. The problem starts when the dogs swallowing the stalk and you do not discover it. It can cause severe damage to your dog inside the body.
Besides causing a blockage in the colon it can also not be digested and that itself can cause pain and damage to your dog. You would not easily detect it, and by the time you do, it might be too late.
Do yourself a favour, and your pet keep your Halloween Deco where your pets can not get to it so easy if you can not consider using alternative decoration that can not cause harm to your Dog.
3.Halloween costumes for humans and dogs.
The tradition is in nearly all countries the same, that you use costumes for Halloween. The scariest the better. Said this as People we understand what is going on, but our dogs do not understand why everyone is wearing a scary costume and masks and people make a lot of noise.
Believe it or not, but some dogs do not think this is fun, and they start to hide or run away because those dogs are scared.
You must think of your Dog, especially if you just have gotten it or adopted it from a shelter.
Your Dog will be quite disturbed when a bunch of kids walk around with masks, and he can not see their faces. Masks are scary for any dog to avoid surprises be aware and keep your Dog safe.
Costumes and Dogs.
When you dress up your Dog in a costume, please do not force it on your Dog. If he doesn’t like it, don’t do it anyway just for the sake of it or for your enjoyment. Accept that your Dog is not a Halloween dog. You know when your Dog is uncomfortable when he stops moving.
I have three dogs, and 1 of them is ok with the costumes the other two hate it. When Charly wears the costumes, the other two want to tear it off from him.
For me, I do not use the costumes anymore for my Dogs, as the other two come a bit aggressive towards Charly when he wears the costume.
On the other hand, when your Dog loves wearing a costume make sure it is safe and when he chews on it, he is not tearing or rips it off and is eating it, or worse swallows it.
Any costume that restricts a dog’s movement hinders them in breathing. Such a costume is dangerous and can be a health hazard for your Dog.
Yes, there is anxiety in dogs.
It is a real thing. Some dogs, when you restrict their movements with a costume, they can get under stress that can cause an anxiety attack.
4. Why you should keep your Dog inside your home on Halloween?
For me, I have three dogs and three cats.
On Halloween, I usually have my cats and dogs inside the house.
The reason for it is that one time at Halloween one of my cats and one of my Dog got missing or better say run away totally scared.
The kids who around our house, obviously thought it is funny to use some firecrackers and throw them at my pets. My youngest Dog, Bonnie and our youngest cat Minka got so scared and ran off.
All the other pets run in the house hiding. I thought first they will be back but after an hour they did not return we decided to look for them, and we were looking for long 6 hours calling their name, but there was no sight of them. Believe me, I would not go to sleep when they are not home.
I started to paint all the bad things that could happen to them in my mind, and even I was sure they come back, I was worried sick.
We searched 6 hours for them, and we finally found them hiding under the bushes 3 km far from our home.
Minka and Bonnie both shaking and scared looked at us with really big eyes. When we went home both of them would hide for 3 days only coming out for food, then back to hiding.
Our cat Minka still today, when she hears a loud clap or something that sounds like firecrackers she will go into hiding.
Since that incident, our pets stay on Halloween inside the house. Just to be safe and sound.
A piece of good advice from my side if your dog loves Halloween keep him on the leash so you have control over your dog. If your dog does not like Halloween keep your dog inside the house.
Your Dog can easily be startled by a strange noise, the scary mask or the blinking lights or costumes. People play pranks on others, and your Dog might be surprised, scared and stress out by it.
Halloween black dogs and black cats.
When you have a black dog or a black cat, people do stupid things to those animals during the time of Halloween.
A lot of shelters do close adoption for black cats and black dogs around Halloween time. You never know what can happen to black cats and black dogs on Halloween. Keep your Dog on Halloween inside the home, keep them cosy and safe.
One more advice is if your Dog loves Halloween than keep an identification tag on him, and better have your Dog microchipped. That way, in case they get lost, you can easily find them, or the finder will easily understand and check where the Dog belongs too. ( Read GPRS Collars for dogs)
Keep an eye on your Dog when you open the front door to trick or treat the kids that come by your front door.
I do not want to sound bad or negative, but when our cat and Dog got missing, it was an experience that was not pleasant, and I was worried as I would have lost my kids. After all, our pets are family.
So in short how to keep your pets safe on Halloween
- Keep the trick and treat basket out of your dogs reach. Spoil him with healthy dog treats.
- Make sure the Pumpkin and Corn deco or any deco is out of reach from your Dog.
- Do not force the costumes on your Dog. Make sure the costumes do not restrict your Dog in movement or breathing.
- The costume has no loose ends or accessories can be easily torn, chewed, or ripped off.
- Keep an Id tag on your Dog when you trick and treat with your Dog.
- Keep your g inside the home, and give him dog treats made for Halloween. Play some soothing music to keep him calm. Watch the door.
- Last not least, keep electrical wires, lights and candles out of the reach of your Dog.
- You know your dog best and know what your dog likes and what he is scared, or easily afraid off.
I hope you have a happy Halloween and both you and your Dog enjoy the trick and treat.
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All yours Melanie