The American Dog Trainers Network

Protecting Your Pet On Halloween

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Avoid leaving your dog (or cat) alone in your yard, on  your property, or in an outdoor kennel on (and around) Halloween.  Keep leash walks brief,  especially on Halloween evening. Some sick and sadistic individuals  have been reported to frighten, harrass, injure, steal or even kill  friendly unsupervised dogs and cats when left alone unprotected  outdoors. Even horses,  livestock, and zoo animals are at risk.

Keep holiday foods, desserts, candy and beverages away  from dogs, because they can cause digestive upset, diarrhea  and vomiting. Food packaging (such as cellophane, tin foil,  and food- or dessert-laced wrappers) can also cause choking  or intestinal obstruction.

Never give your dog chocolate as a treat, or leave chocolate  within reach of your dog. Chocolate contains Theobromine,  a substance which can be poisonous to your puppy or dog.  Dark, semi-sweet and Baker's chocolate can even be lethal  if ingested by your pet. (Smaller dogs can die from eating much  smaller amounts of chocolate that large dogs.)

Keep your dog confined to another room when  people come trick-or-treating. Dogs may become  frightenned and/or aggressive towards strangers  wearing costumes, or may suddenly run out of your  home when you greet trick-or-treaters at your front door.

Never bring your dog to a Halloween parade or wild  Halloween party. Masks, costumes and strange animated  figures may frighten your dog, or s/he may get loose  in the crowd and run away. A defensive dog may also bite  an innocent child or trick-or-treater.

Keep pets away from burning candles (which may burn your  pet or start a fire if knocked over) and any Halloween displays  or ornaments which my injure or be swallowed by your pet.



Copyright 1995 - 1999,  Robin Kovary

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Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director
 and canine behavioral consultant.