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Wellness Care for Your Best Friend
Wellness Care for Your Best Friend

3 Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween can be a lot of fun for both adults and children, and if you're a dog owner, you may be excited to get your pet in on the fun as well. Many dogs will be more than happy to participate in Halloween activities with their owners, but it's important to remember that your dog has special safety needs that you should take into consideration.

Take a look at some tips to ensure that your dog can enjoy Halloween festivities safely.
Keep the Treats Out of Reach
You probably already know that chocolate is a big no-no for dogs. If your dog gets into the chocolate candies that you bought for trick-ortreaters, the stimulant effects of the chocolate could cause severe symptoms, like diarrhea and even seizures.

You may not realize that other types of candy can be dangerous as well. For example, sugar-free candies that contain the sweetener xylitol can be very dangerous for your dog. Xylitol can cause a rapid release of insulin in dogs that results in hypoglycemia.

A dog suffering from xylitol poisoning can experience vomiting, loss of balance, tremors and seizures, liver failure and coma. If not treated quickly, xylitol poisoning can cause death in dogs.

Healthy Halloween snacks, like mini boxes of raisins, could also be dangerous to your dog. Raisins, even in very small amounts, can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Finally, the candy wrappers themselves could cause problems for your dog. If your pet gets into the treat stash when you're not looking, they probably won't stop to unwrap the candy. If your dog ends up swallowing cellophane wrappers, they could cause a bowel obstruction that has the potential to be life-threatening.
Just to be safe, store all the Halloween treats out of reach of your pet, and don't give in to a dog who's begging to share your Halloween candy. Keep some dog treats on hand to give them instead.
Choose Canine Costumes With Care
If you enjoy dressing up in costumes for Halloween, you may assume that your dog will get a kick out of it too. And some dogs do enjoy dressing up for Halloween. But be careful when choosing a Halloween costume for your pup.

If you choose to dress up your dog, look for costumes that are not too restrictive. Your dog's costume should not inhibit their ability to walk or breathe, and you don't want to cut off their circulation or cause a bruise or sore spot.

Avoid costumes with loose buttons or other objects that could easily be swallowed by your pet. If you're going to be out walking around at night, choose a costume that has reflective material so that drivers will be able to see your dog.

Keep in mind that lots of people will be out on Halloween night, and both children and adults may be more likely to approach a dog in a costume. If your dog is aggressive or is easily frightened by strangers, you may want to reconsider dressing them up.

Finally, it's a good idea to get your dog used to the costume before the big night. Wearing the costume around the house for a little while in the days before Halloween can help your dog feel more comfortable wearing it around the neighborhood on Oct. 31.
Don't Forget the Tags
It's easier than you might think to get separated from your pet on Halloween. Even if you're staying in, opening the door for trick-or-treaters gives your dog multiple opportunities to slip out of the house. Thus, you should take precautions to prevent pet loss on Halloween.

Make sure that your pet wears a collar with tags that give your contact information and home address on Halloween night, and if you're going out, take a leash with you as well. If you've been thinking about having your dog microchipped, October is a good month to do that as well. Ask your vet about having it done before Halloween.

With some safety precautions, you and your dog can enjoy a safe and spooky Halloween. Make sure to discuss any safety concerns about your Halloween plans with your vet in advance. 
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