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Halloween Safety for Dogs

October 15, 2020

Halloween is just around the corner! The autumn holiday can be great fun for people of all ages. It’s always great to see what costumes people come up with. Just like any other holiday, though, Halloween can be dangerous to dogs. A Bourne, MA vet offers some tips on keeping Fido safe in this article. 

Costume

Dogs are always cute, but they are extra charming when they’re in costume. Fido has worn a variety of hilarious outfits, such as a spider, dinosaur, cheeseburger, and lion. If you do dress your four-legged buddy up, make sure that his outfit fits well, and is not too hot, tight, itchy, or restricting. Avoid anything flammable, as well as clothes with zippers or small parts, like buttons. Finally, don’t force your canine pal to wear an outfit if it makes him uncomfortable. He’ll still look adorable in something minimal, like a bandana or bow tie.

Pedestrians

Fido takes his door doggy duties very seriously! If you get a lot of trick-or-treaters, put your four-legged friend in a quiet back room with food, toys, and treats when the doorbell starts ringing. Turn on a TV or radio to mask the noise. 

Traffic

There may be more traffic than usual on the road. Keep your furry friend leashed at all times! If your pooch has a yard to patrol, bring him in before dark on Halloween, and for a few days before and after the holiday. People passing by in costumes could frighten or anger your pet. You also don’t want anyone giving him something that isn’t safe for him. 

Food

If there’s one thing we know about dogs, it’s that they are very opportunistic eaters. This is a big concern at this time of year. Many of the candies that are so popular around Halloween contain things that are toxic to dogs, such as chocolate, raisins, nuts, and xylitol. Sugar isn’t great for him, either. Don’t let Fido indulge in any sweets! 

Decorations

Many of our canine buddies are chewing machines. Keep this in mind when decorating for the season. Items with small parts, dangling threads, or sharp edges are all dangerous. Avoid anything coated in paint, dye, or glitter as well. Candles, heaters, and jack-o-lanterns are also unsafe.

Please reach out to us, your Bourne, MA animal clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help! 


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