For many of us, our dogs are like our children and play a huge role in our lives. It should be the goal of every pet owner to keep their dogs safe and happy. However, creating a safe environment for your four-legged friend can be more difficult than it seems. Here are some tips to keep your dog safe!
Make sure to keep the Halloween candy out of reach, as chocolate and an artificial sweetener, xylitol, found in candy and gum, are toxic to dogs. While many people believe chocolate is the only thing dogs can’t have, there is actually a pretty lengthy list of toxic foods: onions, grapes, raisins, garlic, and avocados. If your dog gets into any of these foods, call your vet immediately and monitor their symptoms closely.
Many common outdoor and indoor plants are poisonous for dogs. A few of the most popular plants that are poisonous to dogs include:
- Sago Palms
- Fruit trees
Visit ASPCA’s website for the full list.
There are a few precautions to take during feeding time. Be sure not to feed your dog at least 30 minutes before or after a long walk. Feeding dogs right after they exercise could increase their chances of bloating. It’s a good idea to feed your dogs with an elevated feeder. If your dog eats too fast or chokes on their food, try purchasing a slow feeder. These bowls are a fun way to slowly distribute your dog’s food.
Precautions During Walks
Before walks, check to make sure their leash and collar are securely on and fit appropriately. On warmer days, make sure to test the asphalt or sidewalk before walking your dog. You can do this by placing your hand on the ground. If it is hot on your hand, it will be hot on the pads of their feet. Walking on hot surfaces can give them blisters or severe burns. Be sure not to walk for too long with your dog, as they could get overheated. This time varies depending on the size of your dog, their age, weather conditions, etc.
Clutter Around the House
Leaving clutter out around the house can increase the likelihood of your dog getting into something they shouldn’t. All medicine should be properly stored in a cabinet or drawer. According to the American Kennel Club, Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Naproxen, Ambien, Adderall, and blood pressure medications are all toxic to dogs. There are many items around the house that may look appealing to your dog, but could seriously hurt them if they got into them. Many dogs love to carry around their human’s socks. As cute as it is, if your dog eats a sock, it could unfortunately be deadly.
We hope these tips help you create a safe, loving environment for your dog! If an emergency does occur and you cannot get ahold of your vet, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline is available 24/7.