1. Trick-or-Treat candies are NOT for dogs!
No chocolate for dogs Chocolate can be highly dangerous and potentially fatal to dogs. Even a little piece can do damage. Chocolate poisoning can cause vomiting and diarrhea, increased thirst, panting or restlessness, excessive urination, a racing heart rate, muscle spasms (tremors), and occasionally seizures.
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, is also a common ingredient in lollies. Even small amounts can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, leading to a loss of co-ordination and even seizures.
Best to avoid all human food for your dog during this celebration.
Try having a bowl set aside of dog appropriate treats!
If you suspect your dog may have ingested something poisonous please contact your closest vet immediately. Better to be safe than sorry!
2. Keep your dogs’ away from the front door area!
With the increased traffic to your front door with Trick-or-treaters, it is important to keep your dog safe. The last thing you want is for your dog to run out the door and get lost, or worse! It will also ensure the safety of the young children that will be coming to your door. If you do wish to have a well-controlled dog greet people at the door, please ensure you always use a lead and be aware that people will be dressed in unusual costumes and be shouting for candy which can appear to be threatening to our furry friends. Use your best judgement and ensure everyone’s safety!
3. Keep Halloween pumpkin and corn away from your dog!
Keep dogs safe Even though these items are relatively non-toxic to dogs, in large amounts they can cause gastrointestinal upset when consumed in large quantities. And speaking of pumpkins…
4. Keep all pets away from lit pumpkins and candles!
The last thing you want is for your dog to get too close and burn themselves, or knock over a candle that might start a fire. Best to keep them well away. Same applies to an extra lighting or decorations. Chewing of wires etc. can lead to unwanted accidents and bowel blockages.
5. Try your pets with their costumes prior to Halloween!
If you wish to have your pets dressed up for the occasion, please make sure you maintain your pets’ comfort. If they are not used to wearing clothing, prepare them by putting the costume on a couple of times prior to Halloween so they can get used to the idea. Keep an eye on your pets for excessive panting or other signs of stress, which may indicate it is time to take the costume off. If your dog won’t tolerate a costume, consider a bandana or bow-tie which feels more like a collar to your dog!
6. Finally, label your pets and go have fun!
It is important to make sure your pet is wearing a collar with a suitable ID tag in case the unthinkable happens and you are separated from your pet. It is also a good time to make sure your council registration and microchip details are up to date and working!
With all of these tips in mind, the PittaPatta Crew wish you and your furry friends a very Happy Halloween! We can’t wait to see some of the pictures of our happy customers in their new costumes and bandanas!