Prevent your dog from being spooked this Halloween. Here are six things that tend to frighten dogs during this holiday.

1. Candy. As much as they may beg for it, Halloween candy is bad for your dog; chocolate can even be fatal. Keep the trick-or-treat bowl and children’s candy bags out of the dog’s reach.  Signs of chocolate poisoning are excessive drooling, excessive urination, pupil dilation, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, muscle tremors, and seizures.

2. Masks and Costumes. Some dogs are frightened of masks and costumes, making them more aggressive or more afraid than normal.  It’s a good idea to walk your dog prior to trick-or-treating (make sure to use a sturdy, strong leash), and put the dog away during festivities.

3. Visitors.  If your dog has the tendency to dart out the door when company calls, be sure to put them away before the trick-or-treaters come knocking.

4. Candy Wrappers. Tin foil and plastic wrappers can get stuck in your dog’s digestive tract, making them ill.  Be sure to pick up stray wrappers.

5. Candles. Some dogs have active tails that wag wildly.  Lit candles and Jack-O-Lanterns can easily be tipped over by an exuberant tail wagger, causing a fire or possibly burning your dog.

6. Dress Up. Some animals are receptive to playing dress-up, but it can cause distress and discomfort in some dogs.  Refrain from dressing up a dog that is resistant to it—the additional stress can cause them to act out.

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