Halloween is one of the most dangerous and stressful times of the year for dogs. Many dogs find all the festivities, costumes, decorations, the hustle and bustle very stressful; some to the point of being extremely fearful. That’s why Earth Heart Inc., has put together the following information to help dog lovers understand how they can help their dog be more comfortable and happy during this busy, frightful time of year.
Did you know?
· Halloween is the second most dangerous holiday for dogs.
· Many stray dogs and cats found in shelters across the country are lost pets who were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
· More than 10 million pets are reported lost every year.
· Dogs without collars have a decreased chance of being reunited with their families.
· Roughly 17% of lost dogs and 2% of lost cats ever find their owners.
· During the week of Halloween, calls to the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline increase by 12 percent, making it the call center’s busiest time of year, and most often, these calls involve pets accidentally ingesting Halloween candy or décor.
How can you help your dog be safer this Halloween?
Tips to help your dog be safer this Halloween season:
· Those scary costumes can be very scary to your dog. All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room when greeting trick-or-treaters.
· When greeting Halloween visitors, whether they be trick-or-treaters or party visitors, take great care that your dog doesn't dart outside.
· Be certain that you provide identification for your dog with a collar and tag. Microchips can also be a lifesaver for your dog. Both of these will increase the likelihood of being reunited with your dogs should they become lost.
· Make sure the information contained on your dog's tag and with your microchip service has the most up to date contact information.
· Halloween is a holiday and with holidays come celebrations, including fireworks in some regions. Be sure to keep your dog inside, and utilize a leash and inescapable collar/harness when taking them outside to do their business. You never know when a loud noise, or goblin around the corner may spook them!
· Dog Halloween costumes may be cute to you, but to many, many dogs they are a bother and can be very stressful. Unless your dog loves to dress up, forgo the costume for your dog's safety and comfort.
· Little creatures in ghostly costumes, scary witches blowing in the breeze…you never know what may scare or spook your dog. Think twice about taking your dog trick-or-treating with you.
· Keep your dog safely in the confines of your home in a place where it's quiet and comfortable.
· Help your dog be happier and more comfortable during Halloween with Canine Calm, a pure essential oil spray for dogs that helps create a calming environment simply by misting your dog’s favorite blanket, bandana or bedding.
· And remember to keep the Halloween candy and dangerous decorations out of paws reach.