As you are preparing for Halloween there is a very important family member we need to consider. Our fur babies need the best, here are some tips to give your dog a Happy Halloween.
Tips to Give Your Dog a Happy Halloween
Halloween is fun for all the family, and even your dog can join in. There are lots of activities you can do, from carving pumpkins to trick-or-treating. If your dog is part of your family, you don’t want to leave them behind when you’re having fun. Many of your fall activities will be outdoors, so they should be suitable for taking your pooch. It’s hard to resist dressing them up in a little costume, just for one night. If you want your dog to join in on the fun, you should make sure they stay safe and enjoy themselves. Here are some tips to ensure they have a good time. Our dogs love being pampered, but some don’t so see what your fur baby likes and doesn’t like and adjust from there.
Keep Their Medications Up to Date
If you’re going to be getting out and about a lot this Halloween, your dog needs to stay healthy. You might be greeting other dogs in the neighborhood or perhaps exploring a farm while you pick your pumpkins. Summer is the time when you most need to watch out for things like fleas and ticks. However, you should protect your dog against them all year with the right treatments. They usually need to be repeated every few months, so make sure you’re up to date. If it’s hard to get your dog to take a pill, try something like Nexgard Chewables, which you could put in their food. There are also spot-on options that you might find convenient.
Consider Costumes Carefully
For some people, there’s nothing cuter than a dog in a silly costume. However, it’s only cute if the dog is happy. You have to think carefully about whether your dog will be comfortable if you dress them up. If they often wear a coat to stay warm, giving them one with a funny design probably won’t make a difference to their comfort levels. But if they’re not used to wearing anything, it could make them distressed. It’s also important to consider the material of the costume. Remember that there can be a lot of candles around on Halloween, so flame retardant material is best.
If your kids are going trick-or-treating, you might want to take the dog along. He has a cool costume to show off, after all. However, make sure you consider your dog’s temperament before you do this. Some dogs would prefer to be shut away in a room on their own so they won’t be bothered by visitors. If you think they’ll enjoy a tour of the neighborhood, make sure you keep them and others safe. They might not appreciate being petted by lots of sticky hands.
Whether your dog stays at home or goes out with you, making sure their ID is up to date is important. If they manage to escape or get lost, it will help them get home. It’s for your benefit, as well as theirs. Tags on their collar can provide someone with a contact number, as well as just show that they belong to someone. Microchipping your pet allows you to include all your contact information and update it easily.
Halloween can be fun with your pet, but you need to keep them safe too. Make sure you’re using these tips to give your dog a Happy Halloween.
Do you have traditions or things you do with your pets for Halloween? Have any tips or tricks for pets safety and fun during Halloween?