Halloween Safety Tips
Sweet Safety for Your Dogs
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It’s that time of year again — the holidays are fast approaching. We at Animal Bliss feel it’s important to remind our readers to be particularly vigilant regarding your dog’s well-being during the festivities. Most of you already know chocolate and candy is dangerous for your dog, but here are some Halloween safety tips for you, just in case. Be sure to share it with other dog owners as well!
According to the infographic below, in 2015 the ASPCA Center for Poison Control received an average of 14,600 calls from worried pet owners after their pet ingested food meant for humans. Let’s keep that number down in 2016.
Dogs and Candy: Sweet Safety Infographic by Orvis
Did you know dogs have a natural sweet tooth?
I guess I never thought about that, but it makes sense. They have a sweeter tooth than cats, that’s for sure. As Orvis says, “when combined with their canine tenacity, their strong sense of smell and sweets in paws’ reach,” this can be very dangerous.
Dog-proof Your Sweets Stash
- Always keep chocolate, candies, brownies, cookies, cakes, raisins, grapes, and any products containing Xylitol in high cabinets that your dog cannot reach.
- If your dog loves peanut butter, always double-check the ingredients list for Xylitol.
- Remind any children in the home that these items are dangerous for your dog.
- Be extra vigilant around the holidays.
- Crate your dog when you’re gone to keep him from eating things he shouldn’t.
Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention:
- Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
- Heavy panting
- Muscle tremors
Note too, in the infographic, that your dog’s size greatly influences what can happen if your pooch ingests chocolate or candy. If you have a small dog and you’re not sure how much he’s eaten, take him to the vet immediately. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear.
Remember, when in doubt, always have your dog checked out by your veterinarian, or call the ASPCA Poison Control hotline, toll free at (888) 426-4435 for immediate answers.
Here’s to safe holidays. I hope these Halloween safety tips will help keep your pet safe. It goes without saying, these apply to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s too!
A QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you give your dog treats? Have you ever had to call Poison Control because your dog got into your stash?
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