Halloween is a popular holiday across the U.S. and especially in Alexandria where pets can be seen trick or treating up and down King street at local merchants. It can also be a stressful and even a dangerous holiday for pets. Awareness and planning will help your pets stay safe. Here are some safety tips:
Keep candy and goodies out of reach. Keep pets away from candy bowls to avoid accidental ingestion of chocolate, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Also beware of candy wrappers, which can be hazardous if swallowed.
Be careful with costumes. Only dress-up your pet if he is receptive to it. If he isn’t happy, take it off. Masks can cut off peripheral vision, making a dog or cat nervous. Even the best behaved dog or cat can get upset when he can’t see what’s coming from the side. Inspect the costume and remove any small or dangling pieces that could become a choking hazard.
Make sure you consider your pets’ personality and how they will react to the different situations. Do what will keep your pet safe and happy.
Have fun and Happy Howl-o-ween!
Did you know that pumpkin is good for dogs? Pumpkin is both nutritious and low in calories. In fact, pure canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) is a good source of fiber and is often recommended as a dietary addition for a dog suffering from constipation.