Halloween is a fun but scary time filled with costumes, treats and decorations. While it can be an exciting time for us, it’s important to remember that it can also pose some dangers for our furry friends, especially our dogs. These are some common hazards for our four-legged companions during this festive season. 1. Chocolate and Sweats: One of the biggest dangers for dogs on Halloween is chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, a substance that can be toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are particularly dangerous. Keep all chocolate and sweets out of your dog’s reach and be vigilant about picking up any dropped treats or wrappers. If you suspect your dog has ingested chocolate, contact your vet immediately. 2. Sweat Wrappers and Packaging: In the excitement of Halloween wrappers and packaging can easily be forgotten or left lying around the house. Dogs are naturally curious and may be tempted to investigate and potentially eat these wrappers. Ingesting wrappers can lead to intestinal blockages or other digestive issues. Ensure that all wrappers and packaging are promptly disposed of in a secure rubbish bin. 3. Decorations: Halloween decorations can be fascinating, but they can also pose risks to our furry friends. Decorative items like fake cobwebs, glow sticks, and small decorations can be enticing to dogs, but they can also be choking hazards or cause digestive issues if ingested. Keep decorations out of your dog’s reach and supervise them closely around any Halloween decor. 4. Trick-or-Treating: Trick-or-treating can be overwhelming for dogs, with the constant doorbell ringing, loud noises, and unfamiliar faces. It’s best to keep your dog indoors in a quiet, secure area away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. This will help reduce stress and prevent them from escaping or getting scared. Make sure your dog is wearing proper identification, just in case they do manage to get out to escape. And remember to consult your vet if you are worried that your dog may have eaten something they shouldn’t.