While Halloween festivities in Phoenix, AZ, are a lot of fun for people, they put pets, especially dogs, at a considerable risk for harm. For example, curious dogs may run out the door and get lost during the hubbub of trick-or-treating. Use these three tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween.
1. Recognize Candy Toxins
Dogs are notorious for getting into all kinds of food meant for humans, and Halloween candy is no exception to this rule. Any candy containing xylitol is toxic to dogs. Raisins are also dangerous for dogs to ingest. If your dog eats more than 10 grams of chocolate, they may develop chocolate toxicity. This is true for both milk and dark chocolate. The symptoms of chocolate toxicity in dogs include tremors, hyperactivity, seizures, and elevated heart rates.
2. Control Your Dog
If you pass out candy for Halloween this year, make sure your dog is secure. The incessant ringing of your doorbell may frighten your dog. Consider sitting on your porch or in your driveway so that children don’t have to ring your doorbell. Another option is to crate your dog. You could put your dog in a room with their bed and some toys and turn on the television, a radio, or a white noise machine to reduce the anxiety caused by the doorbell and activity at the front of your house.
3. Practice Safety While Trick-or-Treating
If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, it’s a good idea to practice walking in a public area with lots of strangers first. Make sure your dog’s leash and collar are properly adjusted. If your dog exhibits signs of stress, anxiety, or fear while trick-or-treating, return home. A stressed dog is more likely to run or bite.
Arizona Small Dog Rescue is the trusted small dog rescue organization in Phoenix. We offer microchipping, fostering, dog surrender, food and supplies and partnerships with local veterinarians. For more information about safety during Halloween, contact us at Arizona Small Dog Rescue today.