According to the ASPCA there are several precautions to take this Halloween season to make sure that your little goblin is safe.
- Make sure to keep all candy out of reach of your dog. No chocolate, no sugar and certainly no Xylitol (artificial sweeter). All can be dangerous for your dogs.
- Watch the decorations. Items such as scarecrows, corn, pumpkins etc. can all be fatal for your dog if ingested or "gnawed on". If you plan on putting a candle inside your carved pumpkin - your little can knock it over and or get burned.
- If you have cords and or wires around for your decorations or lights - keep them out of reach from your dog. If your little spookster is a "chewer" - this could be a problem. Your dog can be burned or shocked and could be life threatening.
- If you are going to "dress up" your little ghost make sure that he or she is in a costume that doesn't cause undue stress to your dog. Dog Costumes can add a bit of un-easiness to your little one and then add the "knocking on the door" and the "yelling" of TRICK or TREAT!
- When you open the door to the neighborhood kid's, make sure that your dog is in another room during those peak hours of Trick or Treaters. When the door is knocked or the doorbell is rung - your dog could get excited and could dart out the door. Keep in mind "stranger danger" - but in another way. You may not know how your dog will respond to all those kids!
- Make sure that your dog always has on a collar and a dog tag. If your dog should get out, he will need to be able to be found. Without a dog id tag - it will be harder to locate him.
Take care of your dog during this spooky season by taking extra Halloween precautions. Just a few simple steps will pay off! It would be devastating if something happened to him or her and you can avoid it by taking simple steps.
When all the "hoopla" is over - reward your dog with a healthy dog treat for Gerbeaux dog bakery!