Halloween Safety for Dogs

Halloween is coming up fast! The autumn holiday just keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. However, this time of year can be dangerous for our canine pals. Read on as a Marietta, GA vet discusses keeping Fido safe around Halloween.

Treats

We all know how much our canine buddies love snacks. Don’t let Fido get into that candy bowl! Many of those delicious seasonal sweets are made with things that are poisonous to dogs, such as chocolate, nuts, raisins, and xylitol. Hard candies and candy wrappers are also dangerous.

Decorations

As you probably know, Fido has a bit of a tendency to chew on things. Keep decorations, candy wrappers, and other potential choking hazards well out of your pet’s reach! Candles and potpourri burners should also be kept in high, secure spots.

Traffic

One of the biggest dangers around Halloween is increased traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian. When walking Fido on the side of a road, keep him to the outside: he’s shorter, and will be harder for drivers to see. Get a sturdy leash, and use reflective gear and clothing after dark. If your furry buddy has a yard to chase squirrels around in, make sure your fence is sturdy, and use a self-latching gate. You may also want to limit your pup’s outdoor time around Halloween.

Visitors

Many dogs get quite excited when the doorbell rings. Put Fido in a quiet back room, with food, toys, treats, and bedding, when trick-or-treaters start arriving. You may also want to turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Costumes

Man’s Best Friend has worn some really adorable costumes in the past. He’s been a spider, a pirate, a taco, and a dinosaur, just to name a few. There’s no reason you can’t have a little fun dressing your pet, but be sure to put Fido’s safety and comfort first. Never put your dog in anything that is tight, itchy, or constricting. Also, avoid items with zippers, buttons, or dangling parts that your pup may try to eat. Finally, give your pooch a say in his costume. Don’t force your dog to wear clothes if he doesn’t like them. If your furry pal doesn’t like his outfit, just put a bow tie on his collar instead.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Marietta, GA pet hospital, today!