Friday tip of the Day – Halloween Do’s and Do Not’s for your Pup

October 26, 2012 at 2:35 am Leave a comment

Celebrate at home –
Going house-to-house in the dark increases the chances that Bingo will get spooked or get hold of potentially dangerous decorations and foods like chocolate.  Better to plan games and movie night for a limited number of friends and family who can appreciate his cool costume and respect his needs.
Or schedule a special outing to show her off – If your dog enjoys being dressed up like a hamburger, a local contest or parade will allow her to strut her stuff with pals in a dog-safe environment – free of candy and in the light of day.

Create a candy-free zone – Your home should always be a safe zone when it comes to toxic foods.  Control the loot the kids bring back by finding a spot to consolidate goodie bags that your dog can’t reach.  Decorative gourds, corn, and raw pumpkins should also be kept out of reach, as chewing them can cause digestive problems for your pet.

Post pet poison-control and vet numbers on the fridge door – This is smart at any time.  The number of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center:  888-426-4435
Follow Spot’s dress-up cues – Freezing in place and trying to shake off clothing are signs your dog is not interested in dressing up.  It’s a natural reaction, says Alexandra Horowitz, author of the bestselling Inside of a Dog.  “Among wolves, one animal may ‘stand over’ another as a scolding,” she writes.  “To a dog, a costume, fitting tight around the midriff and back, might well reproduce that ancestral feeling.”  Some pups may be fine dressed up.  Just pay close attention to how your pet feels.

Let him greet trick-or-treaters –
Kid-friendly or no, sniffing around trick-or-treaters is another opportunity for your pup to score stray candy, which could hurt her.  Plus, your furry friend can feel suddenly overwhelmed by loud, fast-moving crowds or strangers in masks.  Better to protect her from overstimulation by confining her to a safe area away from the door when the bell rings.

Use real candles – Candles and hot wax can harm a curious nose or a wagging tail.  Battery-operated faux candles give the same ambience without endangering pets (or kids).  They can also replace some string lights, which are a shock risk on tables and window sills where paws and jowls can reach.  You’ll save money, too, by reusing them next year!

Take him out on mischief night – traditionally, October 30, the night before All Hallow’s Eve, is when restless teens pull pranks.  Unfortunately, they can sometimes target defenseless animals, so keep your pets under close watch – meaning at home.
Remove his I.D. – Costumes are no reason to skip routine precautions.  If Pixie slips away from you through an open door or on the way to an event, an identification tag will make it easier to track her down.
Cover his face – A mask will only obstruct your dog’s vision.  He’ll naturally feel more comfortable if he can clearly see the people and happenings around him.

This article was taken from the October 2012 edition of Cesar’s Way magazine.


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