Halloween isn’t far off now! While we may not get to enjoy the changing foliage our neighbors to the north do, there is a payoff: we also don’t have to deal with the cold and snow that will soon follow it. Of course, even without those dramatic seasonal changes, Halloween does still present some dangers for our canine pals. A local Sarasota, FL vet lists a few of them below.
We know, Fido is very cute in outfits. However, you’ll need to put your pup’s comfort and safety first if you’re considering dressing him up. Don’t put your canine companion in anything that is hot, tight, or itchy, or anything that constricts his movement or vision. Items with zippers are also unsafe, as they can catch in Fido’s fur. (Ow!) Also on the no-no list? Anything with dangling pieces, sharp edges, or small parts, like buttons, which your pooch could try to eat.
Some dogs won’t bat an eye at that mechanical hissing alien in the yard. Others will be wary of even a small decoration. Of course, Fido does sometimes try to learn about things by, well, eating them. Needless to say, this can be quite dangerous. Keep small or sharp objects out of reach. Anything with batteries, wires, or cords is also unsafe, as are items covered in varnish, glitter, or paint. Ask your vet for more information.
There’s often quite a lot of traffic around Halloween. Plus, it’s starting to get dark pretty early. Get reflective gear for you and your canine buddy, so drivers can see you both. Try to limit night walks, and keep the ones you absolutely must do to safe, well-lit spots. If your pup has a yard, limit his outdoor time this week. Pedestrian traffic is one concern. Fido may get agitated watching a parade of strange and scary costumes pass by! There’s also unfortunately a risk of pranksters.
Chocolate is a huge danger to dogs: it can be deadly at just one pound per pound of their body weight. Many Halloween candies also contain other unsafe items, such as raisins, sugar, and xylitol. There’s also a risk of choking from wrappers or small candies. Don’t let Fido get into the candy jar!
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