The witching hour is nearly upon us, and it’s time for funny dog costumes. Plus a couple of Halloween safety tips for your pets.
“Should I take my Morkie trick or treating with us?”
If you’re taking both children and a dog on your own, that can be a real handful.
And as small dogs, Morkies aren’t always as well socialized as larger dogs and can be frightened more easily.
My advice – if your kids are older and don’t need your supervision, or if another adult can come with you, then give it a try. But be prepared to take your Morkie home when he’s tired or overwrought.
Kids teach dogs how to trick or treat
Halloween safety tips for your pets
- toxic Halloween candy – chocolate especially is deadly for small dogs like Morkies, and tinfoil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Be sure to keep your children’s haul out of the dog’s way.
- don’t forget raisins – just a few can cause serious health problems for your Morkie including kidney failure, so keep these treats securely out of the way too.
- lit candles – your Morkie could accidentally knock over a lit candle – consider using a no flame, no mess alternative to light up your jack-o-lantern.
- wires and cords could harm your dog – dogs love to chew and Morkies are no exception. Make sure all wires and cords from temporary displays and decorations are properly secured and out of reach.
- constant door bells and strangers – can be very stressful for your Morkie. Sometimes accidents happen and your Morkie might make a run for it when you’re opening the door. Be sure to keep his I.D. on, and ideally keep him quiet and comfortable in another room during the peak of activity. Like the 4th of July, Halloween is a peak time for runaways according to the ASPCA.
Three more tips for Halloween safety
As an ounce or two of prevention, just in case your Morkie gets out the door the night of Halloween, make sure he has his tag on at all times, with your current phone number on it.
Check out which emergency Veterinary Clinics will be open in your area that night and stick that number up on the fridge.
You may want to remove your dog from the party central action if things get too hectic.
A quiet room or his crate, is a far better solution than a stressed-out dog. Don’t assume your partner or someone else is watching the dog; be explicit about who’s in charge and plan ahead for the dog’s needs, like rescheduling that work before trick or trick time.
Pumpkins and more
Plants like pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic – but if your Morkie chews on them at all, digestive woes will probably follow.
Canned, pure pumpkin, on the other hand, is very good for your Morkie – a tablespoon per day can ease both diarrhea AND constipation! (Not pie fillling, pure pumpkin)