It’s National Animal Safety and Protection Month! It’s no coincidence that this pet safety awareness initiative falls in the month of October. Halloween can be a fun, but treacherous time for domestic animals, especially young, curious puppies!
The last thing anyone would want is for your Halloween toys and treats to harm your new furry friend. No one wants that kind of “trick” this spooky season!
Instituted by the PALS Foundation, National Animal Safety and Protection month reminds us to be mindful of our pets’ environments. According to PALS, humans should understand and value animals, whether they’re domestic friends or living out in the wild. And the team at PuppyBuddy couldn’t agree more!
Of course, we have a special fondness for puppies, and so we want to lay out for you how to keep your new puppy safe this Halloween.
KNOW THE SIGNS OF STRESS IN YOUR PUPPY
If you’re planning on hosting a party, be prepared that your puppy’s excitement could tip the scales from thrilled to horrified… and not in a good way.
Sudden loud noises, loud music, and other sounds of commotion can cause stress in dogs of all ages, but puppies are especially sensitive. Know the signs of puppy anxiety and if your puppy begins to display anxious behavior, don’t hesitate to remove him from the action.
YOUR PUPPY SHOULD WEAR A CURRENT, UP-TO-DATE ID TAG AT ALL TIMES
Your puppy should be wearing an ID tag at all times, and most importantly, the contact information should be current. The details should include your cell phone number and current home address, as well as your pet’s name. That way, if your puppy does manage to disappear into the fog, whoever finds him will have a clear path to reach you.
KEEP CANDY AWAY FROM YOUR PUPPY!
This safety tip cannot be overstated enough. Puppies like interesting smells, especially the sweet scent of candies, and it’s in their nature to lick, taste, and test new items to see what they’re all about. Do not leave Halloween candy out. Even if the candy is still sealed in its wrapper, your puppy could still chew through the wrapper, eat it whole, and get very sick… or worse. Never forget that chocolate is toxic for dogs!
NOT ALL DOGGY COSTUMES ARE PUPPY-PROOF
And not all dog Halloween costumes are dog-proof for that matter, unfortunately. The fact of the matter is that there really are no safety regulations for companies that manufacture costumes for dogs and pets. Not to mention that with cheap fabric and any-ole packaging, there could be a wealth of choking and other hazards baked into the ordeal.
As you pick out a Halloween costume for your puppy, be mindful of any parts of the costume that might easily tear off and become dangerous. Also, your puppy’s comfort should be your #1 priority, so be sure that your furry friend’s costume is simple and not too restricting.
STRANGERS CAN BE THE WRONG KIND OF TERRIFYING TO A PUPPY
Yes, there’s nothing quite as fun as a good fright on Halloween, but for puppies, the wrong kind of scary can be downright traumatic! And strangers showing up at the door with covered faces and smelling like cheap plastic might terrify your little pooch.
If you’re going to host a Halloween costume party, you might want to keep your new puppy in a safe room until all the guests have arrived. Then, you can introduce your puppy to the party in a controlled, comforting manner.
AUTHENTIC JACK-O-LANTERNS MIGHT NOT BE THE WAY TO GO
Who doesn’t love a carved pumpkin glowing with candle light on Halloween? Well… anyone who works for the fire department. Unfortunately, using real candles inside of your Halloween pumpkins can pose a real fire danger. And if you have a new puppy, that danger can become much more complicated. You wouldn’t want your puppy’s fluffy fur to catch on fire, or for him to hurt himself by trying to taste the flames.
Fire Safety Tip:
- We recommend that you use battery or electricity powered lights inside your jack-o-lanterns. And if your puppy is so inexperienced that he treats the pumpkins as if they’re toy balls, you might have to place the pumpkins high up where he can’t reach them.
BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IF YOU GO TRICK OR TREATING DOOR-TO-DOOR
If you’re planning on getting all costumed up with your pup in order to go trick or treating, then you’ll have to be extra careful about your puppies safety.
First of all, we recommend that you go out when it’s still light out and not after dark. There can be a lot more pedestrians and traffic on Halloween, which can be overwhelming for a puppy. But tack onto that excitement low visibility and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Don’t get caught out in the dark, and if you are, use special caution when crossing the street.
Also, you’ll want to bring water and treats for your puppy in case he gets thirsty or hungry. And never push your puppy to walk if he gets tired. Simply call it a night and carry him home.
What Else Can You Do To Keep Your Puppy Safe No Matter What Time of Year?
- Microchip your puppy
- Make sure your puppies vaccinations & boosters up to date
- Keep your doors and windows closed at all times so that your puppy can’t escape
- Make sure your yard and fencing is secure so that your puppy can’t wander off
- Always stow away small items that are choking hazards, such as coins, marbles, paper clips, rubber bands, jewelry, wireless earbuds, and the list goes on…
By following these Halloween safety tips for your puppy, you can make this spooky holiday enjoyable for both of you!
Are you ready to fall in love with your next furry friend? PuppyBuddy can help you find the perfect breed for your exercise level and lifestyle. Come on down and meet the available puppies and make Halloween extra special this year!