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Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

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Keeping Pets Safe on Halloween

It can be very fun for children to dress up and pretend to be a different character. But, dogs don’t understand the concept and can be very fearful of people wearing masks and costumes. And the huge number of children ringing the doorbell and yelling “Trick or Treat” can put many dogs into sensory overload. In my early adult years, I had a small dog with a heart murmur that had a heart attack on Halloween and died. The constant activity was too much for him. If I knew then what I know now, I would have kept him away from all of the noisy activity.

TheUncommonDog.com provided this infograph, filled with helpful tips for keeping dogs safe on Halloween. I agree whole heartedly about keeping your dogs in a separate room, away from the trick or treaters. Many will benefit from being in a quiet room with a good chew toy, lights out, and calming canine music playing to keep them stress free. Cats will also benefit from being in a quiet room away from the noise by the front door. They require consistency in their environment, and Halloween is filled with unpredictable events for them.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.

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5:51AM PDT on Jun 25, 2014

thanks for sharing

8:15PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

thanks

3:36PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

ty

2:46PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

thanks

1:03PM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

thanks

6:43AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Looking at that photo, some of them need keeping safe from their barmy owners.

4:26AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

TY.

2:13AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

Thanks.....these are some great tips.

1:30AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

thanks for posting

1:24AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

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