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Halloween Care for Dogs

Halloween is just around the corner. The autumn holiday is growing increasingly popular, and certainly has its own whimsical charm. This time of year can be dangerous for dogs, however. Read on as a local Folsom, CA vet discusses Halloween with Fido.

Treats

As you’ve probably noticed, our canine pals usually perk up at the sight, sound, or smell of food being opened. Fido may be very interested in that bag of candy! However, many Halloween goodies are actually toxic to dogs. Take care not to let your pet have anything that contains chocolate; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; or xylitol. Just offer Fido a doggy treat, or perhaps a bit of meat or cheese.

Traffic

Traffic tends to increase just around Halloween. Keep Fido on a tight leash when you are walking him, and try to stay off busy streets. We also recommend limiting your pet’s outdoor time for a few days before and after the autumn holiday. Keep your pup safe and sound inside!

Costumes

Dogs can be absolutely adorable in costumes. It’s hard not to giggle at the sight of Fido dressed up as a taco, a spider, or a pirate. However, just put your pet’s comfort and safety first. Never put your pup in anything that is tight, hot, itchy, or constricting. You also want to avoid costumes that restrict your canine pal’s movement or vision, and anything with small parts or dangling pieces that he may try to eat. Last but not least, let your furry buddy have a say in his wardrobe. If your pooch seems uncomfortable in a costume, just do something simple, like putting a bandana around his neck.

Precautions

Many of autumn’s seasonal trappings can be very dangerous for dogs. Fire and heating elements are one concern. Keep candles and potpourri burners in high, secure places, and use grates and gates to keep Fido away from fireplaces and space heaters. Wild animals, poisonous plants and mushrooms, and cold weather are also concerns. And, since many people prep their gardens and fill their cars with antifreeze this time of year, you’ll also need to be careful not to expose your pup to dangerous chemicals, such as antifreeze; pesticides, or fertilizers. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Folsom, CA animal clinic, today!

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