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Halloween is quickly approaching, and while it can be a festive, enjoyable time of year for pets and their parents (see our previous article on Funny Dog Costumes for some great ideas!), the somewhat hectic nature of trick treating and Halloween celebrations can also prove to be stressful and even dangerous for our furry friends. Keeping both fun and safety in mind, we’ve put together a few suggestions for maximizing the holiday celebrations while also keeping your dog(s) safe and happy.
No matter how cute your little guy or gal may look on Halloween, the most important thing you can do as a pet parent is keep him or her safe on the holiday. Changes in routine and different foods and home décor can pose hazards for your dog. For example, certain foods that are okay for humans can be quite dangerous. According to Pet Poison Helpline’s website, chocolate, grapes, raisins, too many sweets, and even candy wrappers can pose hazards to your dog. Keep treats out of reach and keep in mind that with lots of activity and noise, your dog may be more anxious and therefore more creative in finding ways to access hazardous snacks. If your pet will be unsupervised, take the time to put people food and drinks away.
Speaking of pet supervision, it may be helpful to come up with a plan ahead of time on how you’ll navigate Halloween with your pet. For example, if you are planning to stay in and hand out candy, will your pet be okay with the constant opening and closing of the door? Or will he or she possibly try and get out? You may want to set up baby gates or other boundaries indoors to keep your pet in a secure area. If your dog is highly excitable you could even leave a bowl of treats on the porch for the little goblins with a friendly sign to avoid constant knocking and/or doorbell ringing. Or if you will be going trick or treating or out to a Halloween event, you might consider either taking your pet with you or setting up pet sitting so she’s not all alone and subject to noise, commotion, or any other mischief on Halloween night. Just to be on the safe side, you can also make sure you have your vet’s contact info on hand and that your dog’s ID tag is updated with a current address and phone number.
Additionally, when decorating for the holiday keep your pup in mind. Candles can easily be tipped over by a curious dog and a jack-o’-lantern may be no match for your dog’s wagging tail. A little planning when placing décor can go a long way. Also, Pet Poison Helpline notes that even glow sticks and glow jewelry can cause trouble for a dog that likes to chew (let’s be honest… what dog doesn’t like to chew?).
HAVE FUN TOGETHER!
Once you have the important safety pieces in place, why not consider ways to enjoy Halloween with your pet? As mentioned above, you can include him by choosing a fun costume; if he’s comfortable with crowds he can even go trick or treating or to other holiday celebrations with you. Another option is to set up on the porch or in the front yard with your pet to welcome trick or treaters so she feels included and gets to socialize, too. Holidays are about recreation, celebration, and enjoying time with loved ones, and with a little planning you and your pup can have a great, safe time no matter what your plans are on Halloween!
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Written by Noelle L Published by Maggie B
Summer can be great fun for you and your dog with activities like hiking, swimming, boating and more, but it also brings some seasonal health hazards and risks pet parents need to remember. Among them are dehydration, burned pads and heat stroke. Here are some tips for a safe summer with your dog in the season ahead.
Auto Travel - Be very careful about leaving your pet in the car in the summer. Temperatures can rise quickly causing your dog to overheat, get heat stroke or worse, die.
Dehydration - Provide lots of cool fresh water to your pet both inside your home and outside. You can treat your dog to pupsicles or other frozen treats to increase the liquid intake of your pet each day.
Burned Pads - With the summer sun pounding down on asphalt, sidewalks and streets can become hot enough to burn your dog's feet. Test the surface with you hand before you go for a walk to be sure the temperature is not so hot it will hurt your dog. You can also buy booties, specifically designed to protect your pet's feet on hot surfaces.