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Halloween isn’t very far off at all! As the stores start filling with seasonal decorations and candies, many people will be planning their costumes. Don’t forget about Fido! This can be a dangerous holiday for Man’s Best Friend! Here, a Tipp City, OH vet discusses Halloween with dogs.
Man’s Best Friend looks pretty cute in costume: he’s been a taco, a dinosaur, and a hot dog, to name a few. There’s nothing wrong with dressing your pooch up, but there are a few caveats. First and foremost, don’t put your furry friend in anything hot, tight, or itchy. You’ll also want to avoid outfits with zippers and/or small parts, like buttons, that Fido may try to eat. Last but not least, let your canine pal have a say in his getup: if your pup is uncomfortable wearing a costume, don’t force him to dress up.
Candies are a huge part of seasonal Halloween festivities. However, keep that candy bowl away from Fido! Many of the items in those sweet treats are dangerous to dogs. For instance, chocolate, raisins, xylitol, and many nuts are poisonous to our furry pals. Hard candies and candy wrappers both also present choking risks.
There may be more traffic than usual around Halloween. Keep Fido on a short leash when walking him. When you take your pup along the side of a road, stay to the inside, and keep him to the outside. He’s shorter, and will be harder to spot.
Some of our canine companions get a bit overexcited when the doorbell rings. Needless to say, a steady stream of trick-or-treaters can really get Fido worked up. Keep your pet in a quiet back room with food, toys, bedding, and a radio or TV playing.
Autumn decorations can be both fun and whimsical, not to mention a bit spooky. Keep Fido in mind when setting them up. Put anything your furry buddy may be tempted to try to eat or play with out of paws’ reach.
Does your dog have a yard to play in? If so, you may want to limit his outdoor time around the holiday. If you do let him out, be sure to bring him in before it gets dark.
Please contact us, your local Tipp City, OH vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!