Halloween is just around the corner! As you’re planning costumes for you and the kids, don’t leave your four-legged family members out. There’s plenty of fun you can have with your pup this Halloween.
Here’s everything you need to know to make this Halloween extra special with your dog, from costumes to dog treats, we’ve covered it all.
DIY Halloween Costumes for Dogs
Get your dog in on the fun with these DIY dog costume ideas (don’t worry, we’ve linked to the tutorials so you can make one of these super cute, super simple costumes for your dog).
Homemade Halloween Treats for Dogs
Every pup loves a good treat, but not every Halloween treat is good for your dog. Candies and confectioneries can cause serious health problems for dogs, so while you indulge this Halloween, be sure to keep the human treats out of reach of your pup.
Check out these canine-friendly Halloween treats you can make at home.
Skeleton bone treats — These simple, five-ingredient treats are both delicious and safe for your four-legged friend. Get the instructions here.
Peanut butter treats — Peanut butter is every dog’s favorite flavor. Get out your Halloween cookie cutters and roll out some dog-friendly peanut butter treats this Halloween with this recipe.
Pup-friendly candy corn — Your dog will love these all natural candy corn treats made with pureed pumpkin. Get the recipe here.
Pumpkin and cheese mummies — You can’t go wrong with this recipe for pumpkin and cheese mummy treats.
Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs
Not only is candy unhealthy for dogs, but there are some human foods and treats that, in large quantities, can be deadly for dogs. These common holiday treats are some of the most toxic foods for your pets.
Chocolate — This tops the list as one of the most well-known foods that is dangerous for dogs, but this time of year, it’s good to have a little reminder. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, tremors and even seizures in dogs. And dark chocolate is the most toxic. There is no amount of chocolate that is safe for a pet to consume.
Nuts — Did you know that even nuts are not healthy for your dogs? The high fat content in nuts can cause an upset stomach and even pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are the most toxic nut for dogs and can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and joint pain.
Hard candy — The size, shape and slipperiness of hard candy makes it a choking hazard for pets.
Sugar-free candy — Sugar isn’t great for your pets, but the artificial sweetener xylitol, which is commonly found in sugar-free treats, can be especially dangerous for dogs. Xylitol is known to cause a rapid, severe drop in blood sugar, triggering seizures and even causing liver damage or death. If you suspect your pet has consumed any xylitol, head to the nearest animal hospital.
Mini bags of pretzels and chips — While pretzels and chips themselves may not be dangerous, the plastic bags and wrappers used for these treats can pose a hazard to your dog. If swallowed, they can irritate the digestive tract and obstruct the intestines.
Don’t leave your pet out of the fun this Halloween, but be sure to take extra precautions to be sure your dog stays safe and healthy. And from all of us at Evolution Dog Wash, Happy Halloween!