Halloween Safety Tips for Pets


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Halloween brings much stress to our best furry friends especially if they are a dog prone to high stress or even worse, a special needs dog. Trick-or-treaters create constant door traffic and the opportunity for outside street noise is likely. So what is the best way to ease your dog’s mind and stress on this upcoming night of spooks and treats? I recommend if you can’t beat them, get out and join the fun!

For special needs dogs, depending on the condition, stress can increase symptoms. It is important to think ahead and plan. If your dog could be too stressed out by the constant coming and goings of trick-or-treaters or you think he just may really enjoy the extra exercise, which everyone can benefit from consider taking him along with you.

This year my very large, high stressed and epileptic dog Oscar will be accompanying my daughter and I as we make our rounds around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. This accomplished several objectives. First of all Oscar is not home, where my husband will be to hear the doorbell ring for all the trick-or-treaters. He will not be home to hear all the traffic walking in front of his house. By having him NOT hear these things I’m simply eliminating a stressful situation. It is important to know your dog and when possible predict potential stressful situations and avoid them when you can. Halloween is VERY predictable.

When you take your pet out, don’t sacrifice safety for fun. It may be a holiday but if your pet wears a costume you still need to be safe about it. Here are some safe tips to keep in mind when picking out a costume. The main thing to remember is to always have your dog on a leash with current tags on.

Natalie C. Markey is the author of ‘Caring for Your Special Needs Dog’ and the popular Special Needs Dog Care Examiner column, among many. You can follow her on Twitter and www.pentopublish.blogspot.com/.

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