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Halloween With Fido

Halloween is just around the corner! It’s always fun to see what people come up with for costumes. This can be a dangerous time for dogs, however. Read on as a Columbia, MD vet offers some tips on spending Halloween with your canine buddy.

Candies

Be sure to keep that candy dish in a spot your furry pal can’t reach! Many of those sweet treats contain ingredients that aren’t safe for Fido, such as nuts, chocolate, raisins, and xylitol. Your pup could also choke on a hard candy or candy wrapper.

Decorations

Keep your pooch in mind as you are decorating. Batteries; small or sharp objects; items coated in glitter, paint, or dye; and anything with dangling threads are all potential hazards. You’ll also want to keep candles, heaters, and potpourri burners out of paws’ reach.

Costumes

Man’s Best Friend is always charming, so it’s no surprise that he’s super cute in costumes. Just put your dog’s comfort and safety first if you want to dress him up. Never put your pup in anything that is tight, hot, itchy, or constricting, or anything that blocks his view. You also want to avoid flammable outfits, as well as anything with zippers and/or small parts he may try to eat. Finally, don’t force your furry buddy to wear clothes if he doesn’t like them. Fido may make an adorable taco, but if he seems uncomfortable, just snap a picture and take his outfit off.

Visitors

Dogs often get excited when the doorbell rings. Halloween may be a bit overwhelming for your pooch. If your neighborhood gets a lot of trick-or-treaters, put your four-legged pal in a quiet back room with a comfy bed and a good puzzle toy. Turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Traffic

There’s often more traffic than usual on and around Halloween. Keep a tight leash on your four-legged friend during his walks.

Yard Time

Does Fido have a yard to chase squirrels around in? If so, you may want to limit your canine friend’s outdoor time on and around the autumn holiday. Some dogs get very frightened or agitated by people passing by in costume! You also don’t want to risk someone antagonizing your pup, or giving him food that isn’t safe for him.

Please contact us, your Columbia, MD vet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re happy to help!

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