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Halloween Dangers for Dogs

Halloween is just around the corner! While many people really enjoy dressing up and indulging in some candy, trick-or-treating time does present some dangers to our canine friends. Read on as a local North Phoenix, AZ vet lists some Halloween hazards that can endanger Man’s Best Friend.

Treats

Candies and treats are a big part of the autumn holiday. Unfortunately, many of these goodies are not safe for dogs. Chocolate and nuts, for example, are both toxic to pets, while hard candies and candy wrappers present serious choking risks. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also dangerous for Fido. Xylitol, which is found in many processed foods, is another concern. Keep that candy in a secure place, and offer your four-legged pal a yummy doggy treat instead.

Traffic

Increased traffic around the holiday is another thing to be concerned about. When walking your canine buddy after dark, keep him on a short leash, and use reflective gear. If you and Fido are walking on the side of a road, keep him to the outside, as he is shorter and harder for drivers to see.

Guests

Many dogs get very excited when people arrive. If trick-or-treaters keep your doorbell continuously buzzing, you may want to put your furry friend in a quiet back room with a comfy bed and lots of toys. You don’t want Fido bowling anyone over, or running out an open door!

Decorations

Seasonal decorations can also be dangerous for pets. Fido could choke on item that have small parts or break apart easily. Your canine pal could also seriously hurt himself if he gets tangled up in or chews on live wires. Keep decorative items out of paws’ reach.

Costumes

Fido has worn some pretty cute outfits in the past: he’s been a spider, a taco, a dinosaur, and a pirate, just to name a few. While it can be fun to dress up your pet, it’s important to always put his safety first. Don’t put your furry buddy in anything that is tight or constricting. You also want to avoid anything with small parts that he may try to eat. Last but not least, let your pooch have a say in his wardrobe: if your pup hates wearing clothes, just put a cute bandana on him.

Is your pet due for a veterinary appointment? Contact us, your North Phoenix, AZ animal clinic, today!

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