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Halloween With Fido

Halloween is just around the corner! Whether you are looking forward to winter or completely dreading it, it’s always nice to see the beautiful foliage and enjoy seasonal foods and activities. If you have a dog, you’ll want to take a few precautions, as this can be a dangerous time of year for Man’s Best Friend. A local London, ON vet offers some ‘pawesome’ advice on spending Halloween with Fido in this article. 

Traffic

There’s often increased traffic around Halloween. Be careful when walking your pet! You’ll also need to be aware of other hazards, such as lawn/garden chemicals, late-blooming toxic plants, and wild animals. We also recommend keeping Fido in after dark.

Decorations

Our canine pals are very curious, and they also have very healthy appetites. Fido tends to investigate things by eating them, which can be dangerous. Keep this in mind when hanging decorations. Put anything that isn’t safe out of paws’ reach. This includes items with dangling ropes or cords and/or small or sharp pieces, as well as anything that contains a battery and/or is decorated with paint or other materials. Candles and potpourri burners are also unsafe.

Food

Candy is one of the biggest concerns at this time of year. Many seasonal treats contain things that just aren’t safe for dogs, such as chocolate, raisins, sugar, nuts, caffeine, and xylitol. Hard candies and candy wrappers are also choking hazards, as are plastic bags. Keep these things in spots Fido can’t get to. 

Costumes

Dogs are always cute, so it’s no surprise that some people enjoy putting their pups in costumes. Fido has worn some pretty cute ones: he’s been a dinosaur, a spider, Cerebus, a lion, and a pirate, to name just a few. Just make sure to prioritize your pet’s comfort and safety if you decide to dress him. Avoid anything that restricts his vision or movement, as well as anything hot, itchy, or flammable. Outfits with small parts are also best avoided. You don’t want your furry friend eating his costume! Last but not least, don’t force your dog to dress up if he seems uncomfortable. Your pooch will be just as cute in something simple, like a bow tie or bandana.

Happy Halloween! Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local London, ON pet clinic, we are always happy to help!   

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