Shannon Moore, NCMG  |  Espree Animal Products, Director of Grooming and Education

It’s that time of year again, for putting together your costume and going door to door Trick or Treating with all of the ghosts and goblins. This can be a fun, but stressful event for your four legged friend.  If your pooch is going to tag along with you and the kids to show off his costume, remember to keep him on a leash.  With so much activity going on, the increased traffic in the neighborhood, and all of the wonderful costumes, your pup could be a little uneasy.  Always keep him close to your side and make sure his collar and leash are secure to prevent any mishaps from occurring.  The last thing you want to do is spend Halloween at the emergency vet.

Some caring pet parents might feel like taking their pooch out in the neighborhood is too much stress for them and their loyal friend.  Since the Trick or Treaters will be ringing your doorbell all night long, it is a good idea to take precautions so your dog won’t dart out the front door.  Even if this is not normal behavior for your pet, this can be a stressful night with all of the activity.  Keeping your pet in his favorite place without having access to the front door might be a safe option.

Whatever you decide, prepare in advance for your pet so when all of the festivities begin, your pup is already taken care of.  And when it is all said and done, and the Trick or Treating comes to an end, make sure your pup doesn’t devour the left over candy.  Chocolate is off limits to our four legged friends.  Happy Howl – O – Ween!

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