Keep your doggy safe tonight by following these steps...
- Don't feed your dog Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum).
- Make sure your dog is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters.
- Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your dog.
- If you plan to put a costume on your dog, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your dog's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your dog accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your dog unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.
- Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your dog. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and can make your dog salivate excessively and act strangely.
- If your dog is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;
- Keep your dog inside.