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Halloween With Fido

Halloween is just around the corner! As the autumn holiday approaches, we’re starting to see all sorts of seasonal décor, not to mention lots of candy. This can be a dangerous time of year for dogs, however, so you’ll want to take steps to keep Fido happy and healthy. In this article, a New Tulsa, OK vet discusses Halloween with dogs.

Treats

Keep that candy dish out of paws’ reach! Many of those sweet treats contain things that aren’t safe for dogs. Chocolate, nuts, xylitol, and raisins are a few examples. Candy wrappers and hard candies are also dangerous, as pets can choke on them.

Decorations

Decorations can also be a concern. You definitely don’t want Fido eating those fake spiderwebs, or chewing on the fake zombie in your yard! Place decorations in spots your pup can’t get to.

Costumes

We can’t deny that Fido can be pretty adorable in costumes. He’s been a peacock, a dinosaur, a taco, and a spider, to name just a few. Just be sure to put your pet’s comfort and safety first. Make you’re your pup’s things fit well, and are not hot, tight, itchy, or constricting. Avoid anything with small parts, like buttons, that your pooch may try to eat. Last but not least, don’t force your furry buddy to wear clothes if he isn’t comfortable in them.

Traffic

There may be more traffic than usual on and around Halloween. When you walk your canine companion, use a regular leash, not a retractable one. With retractable leashes, your furry pal could run into traffic if the mechanism jams, or get tangled up with another dog. If you are walking on the side of the road, keep your pet to the outside. He’s shorter, and will be harder for drivers to spot. Finally, if you go out after dark, wear reflective clothing, and use a reflective leash on Fido.

Visitors

Some dogs get pretty excited when the doorbell rings. A steady stream of costumed visitors may agitate or scare Fido. The last thing you want is for your canine buddy to run out the door, or growl at your neighbor’s kids. Put your pooch in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding, and turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Please feel free to contact us, your New Tulsa, OK vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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