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Dog Lover Tips of the Day! Halloween and Your Dog

Halloween & Your Dog

It is not just the candy that you have to worry about when it comes to your pets.

Here are some simple suggestions:

  1. Walk your dog before the trick-or-treaters start to visit because the children wearing costumes may easily frighten dogs.
  2. Keep your dog in a safe place so that they cannot run out the front door.  The continuous opening and closing of the front door can be an opportunity for your pet to take off.
  3. If you have a puppy, keep decorations out of their reach.  If you have a lit pumpkin, ensure that it is in a secure location and that your dog cannot jump up and knock it over.
  4. Make sure that if you purchase a costume for your pet, it does not have any dangling pieces or buttons as they can be choking hazard.  While costumes may fun for you, they should not impair your pets’ movement, hearing, breathing or ability to eat and drink.
  5. Halloween can be a night of mischief.  So it is probably not a good idea to let your pet out in the back yard unattended.  Even if you have an invisible fence, your pet may be frightened and could run through it. Image
  6. Lastly, it’s not a great idea to bring your dog trick-or-treating.  Even a well-trained dog may become difficult to handle if he or she is frightened.  It is much safer to leave the pups at home on Halloween.

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Dog Lover Tip of the Day! – The Dangers of Halloween Candy

Halloween Candy & Dogs

We all love Halloween candy, but be careful not to leave it in reach of your furry friends.   The sweet smell will tempt any pup when left alone with a bowl full of candy.  While not all candy is poisonous to dogs, even the “good stuff” usually consists of mostly sugar, which can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

Chocolate is in a significant amount of Halloween candy and it is dangerously poisonous to dogs even in small amounts.  Please do NOT give your dog any chocolate.  Raisins are also toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.  Be careful of trail mixes because a number of them contain raisins.

Watch out for wrappers!  They often end up left behind in the bowl and still smell delicious to our dogs.  While they may be just empty wrappers, these cellophanes and foils can be as dangerous as the candy.  Foil and cellophane can cause life-threatening bowel obstructions, which may require surgery.


Tip of the Day – The importance of high value treats!

Always expect the unexpected no matter how well trained your dog is or you think he or she is.  Carry high value treats or a favorite toy that will get your dog to return to you in an emergency.  Our client had a very scary experience this morning while walking their 17 month Black Mouth Cur.  The pup slipped her collar and ran in front of two cars.  Thankfully a neighbor was able to grab this excited pup and bring her to safety!  Even the best collars and harnesses can sometimes fail our furry friends.

New England Pet Expo

Headed to the New England Pet Expo today for a day of fun!  It is in Wilmington, MA at the Shriner’s Auditorium from 10AM to 6 PM!  You can bring your pups on a leash.  Check it out!

4 Fall Tips for your dog.

There is nothing quite like a crisp autumn breeze, beautiful foliage, and the smell of warm spices baking in the kitchen. Do beware though–fall ushers in a bushel of dangers for our furry companions. Here’s how to keep your pets safe and healthy this season.

An increased need for food as the summer heat lessens up?

Several decades ago, your veterinarian may have recommended a slight increase in your pet’s food consumption as the weather cooled and your pet required slightly more caloric intake to regulate his system. Today, however, things have changed. With a shocking number of pets categorized as obese and most dogs and cats are primarily house pets, this isn’t a concern for most pet parents. If you do have a very fit working dog, a small increase may be a wise idea; with this said, an increase around 10% is probably all that is necessary. This does not mean an extra meal or an unlimited pass to treats.

School and home project supplies pose risks to curious pets.

While kids may be dedicated to keeping their school supplies tidy for the first week or so, at this point in the season, school supplies may be holding living rooms hostage. School glues, permanent markers, and pencils can all cause upset stomachs. Heavy-duty glues can cause serious blockages in the GI tract and even require surgery to remove them—and part of your pet’s GI system. Make sure your children’s projects stay covered up and are not accessible to your pets. Dogs in particular seem to like the flavor of glue.

This also goes for adults if you’re doing home improvement projects now that the weather has cooled off. If you are in the middle of a project, your dog could ingest things like glue for flooring. So be sure to block off the work space to prevent your pet from getting into trouble. These accidents are easily avoided, but the damage to your pets GI system is not so easy to fix.

An apple a day?

As it turns out, apples are not the cure to health for Fido or Meow Meows. If your dog likes to graze the ground for food, consider leaving Fido at home during your stroll of the apple orchards. While the flesh of ripe apples doesn’t pose a problem for dogs or cats, apple stems, leaves and seeds are not so gentle. They can cause GI upset, decreased oxygen in the blood, decreased heart rate, difficulty breathing, seizures, coma, and even death. With reasonable preparation, the flesh of apples can make a suitable treat for dogs but cats are unlikely to enjoy the flavor of this fruit.

Fall is a prime season for mushrooms.

While most are non-toxic, dogs are highly susceptible to mushroom poisoning because of their wandering and scavenging behavior. Unfortunately, dogs are unable to sniff out the toxic ones, so the best way to avoid trouble is to keep pets away from areas where any mushrooms are growing.