How to protect your dog on Halloween?
Halloween is a time full of fun for kids and many adults, but can be a frightening and stressful time for your dogs, cats and other pets. There are many Halloween hazards related to this holiday - some are well-known (the dangers of chocolate toxicity), and some aren't (xylitol toxicity). As a dog owner, you know what is the best for your dog and how to take care of it. However, take some minutes to learn how to take care of your pet during Halloween and what to be aware of in order to keep your dog healthy and safe.
Although many people recommend to tie your dog up outside or in front of your house on Halloween night to keep pranksters away this is one of the worst things you might do. Never tie up your dog outside on Halloween night as it will be unable to escape from anyone who might want to tease or taunt it. Once you have your dog inside (if possible) keep a close eye on all the candy and chocolate that is in your house and that your dog might want to it. Chocolate is not good for dogs and can kill them if the dose is high enough. Make sure your dog is secure and won't run out the door when it is open. Using a different room, using a baby gate or teaching your dog the stay command are all ways that you can deal with this. If this is your dog's first Halloween, check to see if your dog is nervous around costumes. Some dogs will get scared from the big wigs and weird masks that people are wearing. It's a good idea to find out about this before the big night. Make sure that your dog has on up-to-date Identification tags in case your dog gets loose. Also make sure your dog has all of his current vaccinations.Keep the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handy. The number is (888) 426-4435.
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