1. Poisonous Foods
Many of the festive Halloween foods, and trick or treat candies are dangerous for our dogs. Things like chocolates, glow sticks, and sugar-free snacks are especially hazardous. If your dog does accidentally eat something you can call the ASPCA poison control at (888) 426-4435. There is usually a $65 fee for the service but it’s always better to be safe than sorry! They will advise if your dog should be fine or if your dog might need to see the vet. There are several 24/hour emergency vet options available in NYC.
West Side, Blue Pearl, on 55thand 10th, their phone number is 212-767-0099.
East Side there is an urgent care clinic called Veterinary Emergency Group on 64thand 2nd, their phone number is 212-223-3500. They are only open nights and weekends.
East Side, Animal Medical Center (AMC) on 62ndand FDR, their phone number is 212-838-8100.
Downtown, Blue Pearl, on 15thand 5th, their phone number is 212-924-3311
We love them, dogs hate them. That’s right, I’m talking about Halloween costumes. I am not saying that you should not get your dog a cute costume, but if you do dress your dog up be understanding of the fact that they probably do not like it. If you must dress your dog up (and I have plenty of times!), put it on, get some cute pictures, and then take it off. If you would like your dog to wear a costume for a longer period of time something simple like a decorated t-shirt, or bandana might be more appropriate.
3. Scary Decorations
A lot of the decorations and things that we find fun about Halloween are very very scary to your dogs. Do not have them interact with things that jump out or will suddenly startle them. Do not tease them with things that they are scared of. It is not nice, and worse, can result in long-lasting behavioral problems.
4. Trick or Treaters
On Halloween night. If you have trick or treaters coming to the door keep your dog in another room behind a closed door or a gate. Give them a bully stick, a stuffed Kong, or something else to do so they can stay occupied and calm as visitors arrive. Many dogs will find the constant doorbell ringing, and scary costumes and masks, to be too much. It is safer for them to be away from the chaos. If your dog does escape for some reason, make sure that their ID tags are up to date so that they can be reunited with you easily.
On Halloween night while everyone is running around in their costumes and trick-or-treating keep your dog’s walk short and sweet. Get them their nice long exercise walk early in the day, and give them a shorter potty walk in the afternoon and evening. If your dog is itching for something to do play some inside games with them, do some tricks, training, or play fetch inside.
5. Ask Your Vet for Help
Talk to your vet, if your dog has a history of finding Halloween incredibly difficult, schedule a visit with your vet and see if there is some type of short term anti-anxiety medication they can prescribe to help your dog cope better with such a stressful night.
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