October is a super fun month with pretty leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween fun. But did you know that it's also Pet Safety Awareness Month? That means it's a great time to learn how to keep your furry friend safe and happy during all the fall fun.
Today, we'll share some important tips and tools to make sure your dog is safe in October. We want you and your dog to have a safe and fun time during Halloween!
Keep Candy Out of Reach
One of the best things about October is all the delicious Halloween candy. But many candies, especially chocolate, can be harmful to dogs. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to our canine companions. Sugar-free candy made with xylitol is also very dangerous for dogs. To keep your pup safe, keep candy bowls and trick-or-treat bags out of reach. Make sure everybody knows not to share sweets with your pup!
Choose Safe Costumes
Putting a costume on your dog can be really fun, but you need to be careful. Not all costumes are safe for your furry friend. First, check that the costume doesn't have small things your dog might chew or swallow. Next, make sure it fits well and isn't too tight. Your dog should be able to breathe and move easily. Some dogs like wearing costumes, while others don't. Watch their body language and see how they act. If your dog doesn't like costumes, you can add orange and black ribbons and bows to their harness. It's a fun way to make them look festive without making them uncomfortable.
ID and Microchipping
In October, when lots of exciting things are happening, it's important to keep your dog safe. One way to do that is by making sure your dog is always wearing something that shows who they belong to. Check their collar or harness for a tag with your phone number and address. But there's an even better way to keep them safe. You can get your dog a microchip. It's a super tiny device that goes under your dog's skin. This tiny chip holds important information about your dog. If your dog ever gets lost, the microchip can help bring them back to you.
Getting your home all spooky for Halloween is so much fun, but you need to be careful to keep your dog safe. Some decorations can be dangerous for them. Don't use decorations with small parts that your dog might try to eat. Also, make sure that your dog can't reach any electrical cords, so they don't chew on them. And be extra careful with candles and open flames inside pumpkin decorations. Keep those away from your furry friend to avoid any accidents.
Be Cautious with Visitors
Guests are great! But your dog might get excited or anxious during Halloween parties or gatherings. Some dogs might enjoy socializing, while others may feel overwhelmed. Make sure your dog has a quiet and safe space where they can retreat if they need a break from all the commotion. Let your guests know the rules about interacting with your dog. For example, you can remind them not to give any treats without your permission.
Leash Up for Walks
Fall is a beautiful time for long walks with your dog among the colorful leaves. For your dog's safety, they should always be on a leash. In fall, it gets darker early in the evening. Visibility decreases in the dark, and you want to make sure your dog is safe from traffic. Make sure your dog is wearing a harness with reflective patches as you walk.
Be Mindful of Seasonal Hazards
When autumn comes, there are special things to watch out for to keep your dog safe. Look out for mushrooms in your yard or when you go for walks because some of them can make dogs sick. Also, piles of leaves might look like fun, but they can hide sharp objects... or even other critters your dog wants to investigate. So, when your dog plays outside, make sure you're with them to keep them safe.
Prepare for Halloween Night
Halloween night can be super busy because lots of kids come to your door for treats. To keep your dog from getting worried or scared, think about putting them in a calm, quiet room. You can play soft music or give them a toy they like. This will help them stay relaxed while you give out candy. Also, if your dog has a harness, it's a good idea to keep it on them. That way, if they accidentally get out, it'll be easier to find them and bring them back safely.
Avoid Loud Noises
Halloween and other fall celebrations often have loud parties and fireworks. But some dogs get really scared by loud noises. So it's really important to give your dog a safe and quiet place. You can play gentle music or use white noise to help block out the loud sounds and make your dog feel better.
Your dog's safety is always important, during National Pet Safety Month and beyond. One final tip for their safety is to use the Joyride harness. The Joyride harness is vet-approved and loved by pet parents for how safe and comfortable it is. With lots of safety features, it's one of the best ways to keep your pup safe on walks.Check out the Joyride Harness today!