Tricks and Treats You Dog Should Avoid this Halloween

‘Tis the season for tricks and treats! To keep this day of costumed guests, parties, and sweet treats festive and fun take a few precautions to keep your pup safe. Whether your dog is skittish, curious, or eats everything in sight, there are plenty of ways for him to get himself into trouble. Just use your senses!

Halloween puppy dog safety tips

Sight
With so many trick-or-treaters passing by, it’s the perfect opportunity for your pup to make his great escape! Before the throng of costumes parade by, make sure your dog has its collar and identification tags on, just in case he makes it past the door. If you have a dog that loves to spend time outside in the crisp, cool weather be sure to keep a close watch or keep them indoors for the night. Some use Halloween as an excuse for mischief and, unfortunately, your dog might find himself involved in the shenanigans.

Sound
Even the most well-tempered dog might get nervous with the sounds of strangers at the door and the constant doorbell ringing. Keep your pup calm and let him know he’s safe throughout the night. For anxiety prone dogs, it may be best to keep someone by his side with dog approved treats.

Taste
Though chocolate is the biggest offender, it’s a good idea to keep your candy stash tucked away from your dog. Don’t forget about the wrappers! Ambitious dogs may try to snatch up the remnants of your sweet treats by inhaling the wrappers, but these candy wrappers may cause a blockage that’s potentially dangerous for your dog.

Touch
Who doesn’t love decorations? Curious canines sure do! Shining lights, electrical cords, tassels, and ribbons. With so much to discover, it could be easy for your dog to get caught up playing with all of the new “toys’. If your dog ingests these stringy decorations, it could possibly cause serious complications.

Halloween should be a time of lighthearted tricks and oh-so-sweet treats but with so much fun to be had, there’s a lot of room for your dog to get himself in trouble. You can keep your pup safe and sound with these tips so Halloween stays fun for all.

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How Much is Enough? Keeping Your Dog Hydrated in the Summer

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Just like us, dogs are made of up to 80% water. When the temperature soars during the long summer days, it’s especially important to make sure you keep your furry friend hydrated. Water is one of the most important aspects of a dog’s diet but is often taken for granted. In fact, the ASPCA suggests that a good general rule is one ounce of water for every pound of your dog’s weight per day. Adjustments may be made for hotter days and high activity pups. If you have any question about how much water your dog should be getting, please don’t hesitate to ask your vet.

To ensure that your dog is drinking enough water, the easiest thing you can do is to make sure that he always has plenty of cool, clean water available. That’s not limited to the home. There’s nothing like having your main dog taking on the world with you while you’re traveling. If you take your fluffy friend with you on errands or to “yappy hour”, bring a collapsible bowl and water with you to keep him hydrated on the go.

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There are a few reasons your dog may not be drinking his water. Some dogs are more finicky than others and won’t drink water that is dirty or has been sitting too long. Make sure his water bowl is clean and the water is clear of debris. It’s also good to choose an appropriately sized bowl for your dog. If the bowl is too deep, he may not be able to reach the water if it gets too low. If the bowl seems to be in good shape, check your dog’s mouth. There may be a sore or foreign object causing him pain or discomfort.

At your next vet appointment, ask to learn more about the signs of dehydration. Some breeds are more susceptible to dehydration, especially during hot weather. Knowing the signs of dehydration and what to do about it can help you act quickly in a situation where seconds count. Armed with the right tools and knowledge you and your pup can enjoy a happy, healthy summer in the sun.

 
Sources:
http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/1175-keeping-dogs-hydrated-aaha
http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/dog-dehydration-water-needs#1
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/hot-weather-safety-tips