Halloween Hazards for Dogs

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is just a few short weeks away. Whether you’re going all out with a costume, or staying home to pass out candy, it’s hard to deny that this time of year has a special feeling. The autumn holiday does bring some specific dangers to our canine pals, however. Read on as a local Cameron Park, CA vet lists some Halloween hazards for dogs.


If there’s one thing all of our canine pals have in common, it’s a love of snacks. Don’t let Fido get into the candy bowl! Many candies are made with ingredients that are poisonous to dogs, such as chocolate, nuts, raisins, and xylitol. Plus, hard candies and candy wrappers present serious choking hazards. Give your four-legged buddy a doggy treat instead!


Autumn nights can get quite chilly. If your pet has thin fur, he may be more comfortable with a doggy sweater. Just be sure to avoid putting your pooch in anything tight, constricting, or itchy. Also, make sure Fido has a comfy, cozy bed to snuggle up in on those cool fall nights.


Many types of seasonal plants are toxic to pets. Mushrooms are one example. Plant bulbs and conkers, which fall from chestnut trees, are also hazardous. Chemical exposure is another big concern. This is a popular time of year for people to prep their gardens and set out traps for rodents and other vermin. Fertilizers, fungicides, pesticides, and herbicides are all poisonous to Man’s Best Friend. Fido could get sick just by walking through a recently-treated area and then licking his paws!


One of the biggest Halloween hazards is increased traffic. You may also see a lot of pedestrian traffic on Halloween night. If your dog gets excited when guests arrive, keep Fido in a quiet back room, with food, bedding, and toys, when the trick-or-treaters start to arrive.


Candles and potpourri burners can make your home look truly lovely, but be sure to put them somewhere your pet can’t reach them. You’ll also want to be careful with hanging decorations: you don’t want Fido getting any bright ideas about chewing on them. Place them well out of paws’ reach, just to be on the safe side.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA pet hospital, today!

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