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The Beggin’ Fur News—October 2012
October comes with beautiful fall colors, festive decorations, and the fun of “Howl-o-ween”. It’s especially important to keep our pets happy and safe this season. As with all holidays there can be stress involved and potential dangers. We can have fun this holiday with our families, friends, and pets if we all play it safe.
Keep the junk food up and away from your pets! Chocolate candy and artificially sweetened candy and gum that contain, Xylitol, are all very toxic to your dog. The ingestion of wrappers can cause choking and blockages. Party snacks often contain too much salt and may have ingredients that can poison your dog. Alcohol can cause extreme illness and even death. Natural dog treats, sliced carrots, and apples can be a healthy alternative to human snacks.
Regarding decorations, be careful of candles, electrical cords that can be chewed, and any decorations that can be ingested or broken. They can seriously injure or kill your pet.
A moderate amount of pure pumpkin can be a very healthy addition to your dog’s diet. However, do not let you dog eat the pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns that you have used for decorations. Again, your dog can become very ill.
The best way to handle “Howl-o-ween” is to crate your dog and/or keep them in a quiet room. Strangers or even friends dressed in costumes can frighten your dog. Parties and trick or treat commotion can be very stressful. Even if your dog is used to parties and enjoys the festivities, my advice is to keep them comfortably restrained and safe. During parties, they could be fed something that could harm them or someone could leave a door open. Many dogs are lost during this time of year because they are afraid and bolt out the door. Don’t let this happen to your pet(s).
There are some dogs that like to wear clothes. They like the attention they get. Before the holiday, put your dog’s costume on him/her. If they do not like the costume, take it off and leave it. If your dog doesn’t mind wearing a costume, monitor him/her when they wear their costume. They could ingest part of their costume and choke or create an intestinal blockage. If your dog can’t wear a costume, you can always adorn your dog with a holiday collar, bows, and scarves. At Beggin’ Fur A Brushin’ I have nail polishes, feather hair extensions, glitter appliques, and all sorts of adornments to prepare your best friend for “Howl-o-ween”.
Just as we monitor our children when they are outdoors, we should monitor our pets, too. There are sick, cruel people out there, and we don’t want our dogs to become victims. Don’t forget to have identification on your dog’s collar at all times, and keep your dog(s) on a leash.
If you think your dog has ingested something, the symptoms to watch for include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, not defecating or straining to defecate, agitation, increased thirst, elevated heart rate, and seizures. Contact your vet immediately!
To be prepared, have the phone number of your vet and your emergency vet clinic by the phone or listed in your cell phone. For more information on fall toxins that are poisonous to your pets, click on the following Pet Poison Hotline link: http://petpoisonhelpline.com
Beggin’ Fur A Brushin’ wants you to have a fun and safe October with your best friend(s). Remember, a “Howl-o-ween” portrait by Beggin'Fur A Brushin'sFur FunFotos of your pet in costume could be part of your “Howl-o-ween” fun.