Halloween is just around the corner. The autumn holiday just seems to keep getting bigger and bigger every year. Halloween can be lots of fun, but it can also pose some specific dangers to dogs. Read on as a Scottsdale, AZ vet discusses Halloween with Fido.
Seasonal decorations can give your home a warm, whimsical feel, but be careful with where you put them. Dogs, as we know, have a tendency to eat things, so keep anything Fido may try to chew out of his reach. Candles and potpourri burners are another concern. Be sure to keep these in high, secure spots, where your furry friend can’t knock them over.
One of the biggest dangers Halloween poses for dogs is increased traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. We recommend keeping your canine companion indoors as much as possible during the week of the holiday. Also, if Fido tends to get overexcited when the doorbell rings, keep him in a quiet back room on Halloween night, with toys, bedding, and food, and turn a radio on for him to mask the noise.
Our canine pals can look super cute in little outfits! Fido has certainly worn some adorable costumes in the past. Just put your pup’s comfort and safety first. Never put your dog in anything that is tight, itchy, hot, or constricting. Also, avoid anything with dangling threads or buttons that your furry buddy may try to eat. Let your pet have a say in his wardrobe: don’t force him to wear clothes if he seems uncomfortable in them. If your pooch doesn’t like being dressed up, opt for something minimal, like a cute bandana or a bow tie on his collar.
As we all know, our canine pals absolutely love food. However, Halloween candy is very dangerous for Fido. Many of those special treats contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate and nuts. Raisins are also a no-no, as is anything made with xylitol. Plus, smaller candies and candy wrappers also pose serious choking hazards. It’s fine to give your four-legged buddy a special snack, but be sure to choose something that is safe and healthy for him, such as plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry.
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