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Halloween Hazards for Pets

Halloween is just around the corner! The autumn holiday gets a little bigger every year. This can be a hazardous time for our canine companions, however. If you have a dog, you may want to take a few precautions to keep your canine buddy safe. Read on as a Bolingbrook, IL vet discusses some Halloween hazards for Fido.

Candy

Don’t let your furry pal get into that candy dish! Many of those seasonal sweets are toxic to dogs. Chocolate; nuts; grapes, raisins, and currants; caffeine; alcohol; and anything containing xylitol are all poisonous to Fido. Hard candies and candy wrappers are also very dangerous, as they pose serious choking hazards.

Costumes

Dogs can look absolutely adorable in costumes. It’s hard not to giggle when you see a cute pooch dressed up as a pirate, a banana, a taco, or, well, pretty much anything. Just put your pet’s comfort and safety in mind when choosing his outfit. Never put Fido in anything that is hot, tight, constricting, or itchy, or anything that obscures his vision. You also want to avoid anything with zippers or small dangling parts that your pup may try to eat. Also, if your canine companion isn’t quite as enthusiastic about his costume as you are, don’t force him to wear it. Just put a cute bow tie on his collar instead.

Decorations

Many decorative items can look like tempting snacks to Fido, and can cause choking or internal injuries if he tries to eat them. Keep candles, wreaths, and other decorations out of paws’ reach.

Traffic

Both foot traffic and vehicular traffic often increase at Halloween. Use reflective gear when walking your dog after dark, and bring a flashlight with you. If you have a yard for Fido to play in, limit his outdoor time around the holiday.

Guests

Does your canine friend get super excited when the doorbell rings? If so, you may want to put your pooch in his crate or in a quiet back room when trick-or-treaters start to arrive. You definitely don’t want Fido running out the door, or jumping on your visitors! Make sure Fido has bedding, toys, and a special treat, and turn a TV or radio on for him to mask the sounds.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL animal clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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