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๐Ÿ‘ป Top 7 Tips for a Collie Safe Halloween ๐ŸŽƒ

1. Staying Safe Indoors ๐Ÿ 

๐ŸŽƒ Plan to be at home on Halloween night
๐ŸŽƒ Finish your dog walk before it gets dark
๐ŸŽƒ Trick-or-treaters can look scary and sound potentially threatening so itโ€™s best to get home before Halloween activities start
๐ŸŽƒ Close those windows and draw curtains to avoid outside noise drifting in and unsettling your collie
๐ŸŽƒ If youโ€™re opening the door to trick-or-treaters, make sure to keep your collie in a room away from visitors to avoid negative reactions or them bolting past in fear

2. Toxic Treats Out Of Reach ๐Ÿซ

๐Ÿญ Make sure all sweets and wrappers are kept well away from your collie
๐Ÿญ Chocolates are toxic for all dogs (it contains a toxic chemical called theobromine), and sweets are generally bad too
๐Ÿญ Please be aware that the sugar substitute Xylitol (birch sugar) is extremely dangerous and causes rapid liver failure
๐Ÿญ Check the ingredients should your collie ingest anything they shouldnโ€™t
๐Ÿญ Have your vets number to hand – have it in your mobile phone so you can ring them immediately should you have a problem
๐Ÿญ Also keep the Animal POISONLine Helpline in your phone: 01202 50 9000
๐Ÿญ Animal POISONLine website address: animalpoisonline.co.uk

3. Potentially Dangerous Decorations ๐ŸŽƒ

๐Ÿ‘ป Check your decorations/ lights are safely out of your collieโ€™s reach
๐Ÿ‘ป Collie pups in particular like to explore things with their mouths – Halloween decorations can prove dangerous choking hazards
๐Ÿ‘ป Plus those decorations can also cause serious blockage problems if eaten
๐Ÿ‘ป Candle-lit pumpkins can singe curious collie whiskers – keep them safely out of the way
๐Ÿ‘ป Once your pumpkin has performed its spooky duties, make sure it gets disposed of properly as gone off or mouldy pumpkins can cause tummy upsets should a greedy collie ingest them

4. Dressing Up Dilemma? ๐Ÿ‘—

โŒUnless your dog is used to a dog coat or jumper, theyโ€™ll probably find wearing a Halloween costume stressful
โœ… Should your children feel the need to include your collie in the Halloween festivities then how about they teach them a new trick instead?
โœ… Some ideas: Speak, Hi-Five or Playing Dead

5. Communicate to Trick or Treaters ๐Ÿ“ข

๐Ÿ”” If you know your collie is going to find the doorbell or knocking stressful, make a sign to ward off potential trick-or-treaters
๐Ÿ”” Hereโ€™s some ideas of what you can say: โ€œTrick or Treat! Please do not ring or knock – scared dog/s inside. Please help yourself to something sweet! Please be kind and leave some for the other monsters!โ€
๐Ÿ”” If youโ€™d like to show willing to Halloween visitors, you could leave the sign with some treats for trick-or-treaters 
๐Ÿ”” Make sure your treat box has a secure lid so any wildlife or other pets in the area canโ€™t help themselves and become poorly as a result

6. Veterinary Intervention ๐Ÿฅผ

โ“Is your collie particularly noise-reactive?
โ“Consult with your veterinary surgeon about situational medicines that are fast-acting, temporary and specifically designed for noise-related anxieties

7. Name Tag & Microchip Details ๐Ÿท๏ธ

โœ… Itโ€™s worth checking that your collieโ€™s name tag and microchip details are up to date
โœ… You can get a new name tag from lots of companies online, or in store at most big pet shops
โœ… Not sure which company your microchip details are registered with?
โœ… Pop into your vets and ask them if they can scan your collieโ€™s microchip – they should be able to help you work out who you need to contact

BONUS! Building a Den ๐Ÿ”จ

๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ Building a den like area for your collie to curl up in if theyโ€™re feeling worried is a great idea
๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ If they like using a crate then you can sound proof it to a degree with things like heavy blankets
๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ Otherwise a space under a table/ chairs/ behind a sofa can all make good hiding spaces for collies who want some space

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