Keep Doggies Safe This Halloween

"I can haz candiee?"

Halloween is around the corner and that means dress-up, candy and fun. Many of us like to include our dogs in the festivities; putting them in costumes or taking them trick-or-treating. It’s up to us to make sure they don’t get into any mischief that could hurt them. To keep your dog calm and secure, follow these common-sense Halloween safety tips.

• No candy treats. Don’t leave candy out that your dog can get into and eat. Chocolate, especially dark and baking varieties, can be toxic to dogs and cats, causing vomiting and diarrhea even in small amounts. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in candy, mints and gum, causes rapid low blood sugar and liver failure in dogs. Call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 if you suspect your dog has eaten toxic candy.

• Watch out for wrappers. Foil from candies, lollipop sticks and small plastic decorations can cause intestinal blockage if ingested by your pup. Don’t let an emergency vet visit for a ruptured intestine ruin your holiday!

• Keep pumpkins and other decorations out of reach. Your dog’s tail (or a freaked-out cat) can knock over candles and start a fire. While fall decorations such as pumpkins, squash and corn are non-toxic, your dog may have an upset stomach if he eats them. Don’t let your dog chew lighted decorations or electrical cords; he could get burned, shocked or cut.

• Bring your dogs and other pets inside. Unfortunately, some people can play cruel tricks on animals, especially black cats.  To be safe, don’t let pets out alone on Halloween and in the days leading to and following the holiday.

• Consider putting your dog in a bedroom if you have trick-or-treaters. A constantly ringing doorbell or knocking can stress some dogs. They may also become afraid when they see strangers in costumes.

• Don’t let your dog dart out the door. If he becomes startled or afraid, he might just make a run for it. It’s a good time to make sure your dog has the proper I.D. tags. Lost dogs with identification have a much better chance of being returned to their owners.

• Dress your dog in a costume only if he’s comfortable. Some pups like dressing up and some find it stressful. Try on the costume before Halloween and see if your dog feels distressed. If he doesn’t like it, don’t force him to wear it. Also, make sure your dog can see, hear, move and breath freely in his costume.

• Always supervise  your dog while he’s in costume. Some dogs try to eat their costumes or get tangled on trees and fences.


For a safe and fun Halloween celebration, join Dawg Gone Good on October 31st from 4-8 p.m. We’ll have food, witches brew, prizes, discounts and more. Have your dog’s paw read by a real animal communicator for a $5 donation to NM Dogs Deserve Better. See which pooch has the winning costume. Let your dog get a treat for doing a trick. We’re located in Nob Hill, on Central at Wellesley, in beautiful Albuquerque, NM.



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