Halloween in New England can be lot’s of fun. When we go out for a walk in Newburyport the foliage is bursting with color and on Plum Island there’s a brisk chill in the air. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a spooky, fun Halloween! But for your dog, the holiday can often be overwhelming. We’ve here to help keep your dog happy and healthy. Check out our tips for a stress-free All Hallows Eve!


Make Sure Your Treats are Tucked Away

Human’s love the occasional candy bar but for dogs (and cats) chocolate that candy bar could be dangerous. Chocolate in most forms causes indigestion, diarrhea and – depending on the size of your pup and the amount of cocoa he eats – it  can be deadly.

An additional hazard is the tin foil and cellophane wrappers that your dog might chow down on in addition to the candy which can cause blockages and stomach upset.

So avoid an emergency trip to the vet and keep the candy bowl out of reach!

If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.


Costume Safety

There are lots of cute costumes out there just for dogs. If you decide you’d like to dress your dog up, make sure he’s comfortable being in costume.

Halloween dog costumes should not limit your pet’s ability to see, hear, breathe or move about freely. Avoid costumes with small, dangly, easily chewed and swallowed pieces. And don’t forget to keep an eye on your friend when he or she is in costume. Lot’s of pets love the extra attention that a costume might bring them but for some it can cause undue stress.


Ding Dong Doorbell

Many dogs aren’t fond of the doorbell but even the most sociable pup gets a little stressed when so many trick-or-treaters or party goers come to the door.

Know your dogs limits and provide a comfortable, safe place for them to scamper off to if you plan on entertaining.

If you have a glass or screen door you might consider leaving your heavy wooden door open so you can see little monsters arriving and meet them at the door so they won’t need to ring or knock.


Tags and collars and ID, oh my!

A combination of excitement, confusion and mischief often leads to open doors, unlatched gates and loose dogs.

Make sure pets have collars and ID’s on all evening, just in case they make a successful break for an open door or are accidentally let out. If that should happen, proper identification can help them be returned home quickly. It’s also worth considering a high visibility collar so if they are wandering alone, cars will be able to see them.

It is also wise not to let dogs and cats out to roam on their own Halloween night. Keep ’em safe! Go out with them or keep them inside.

With a little bit of planning, preparation, and caution, you and your pet can have a fun and safe Halloween. If you need collars, IDs or special halloween treats for your pup stop by our Newburyport store – we have everything you need!