With Halloween near, the kids are overloaded with excitement about trick-or-treating, costumes and candy. The festive holiday is lavished with decorations, including unique carved pumpkins. It is a fun time for all the humans but can be hazardous to the pets, especially dogs. You need to speak with your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home regarding the care of your dog if it gets hurt or ill during the Halloween holiday.
One of the first concerns should be keeping all candy, especially chocolate out of the reach of your dog. With the overload of chocolate at Halloween, it is easy to forget that your pet can get into the “candy stash” and be subjected to the toxicity of the compound known as theobromine in chocolate. Once ingested, it can cause seizures, vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, diarrhea and even death. Never leave the “trick-or-treat” basket or bowl unattended and put all received goodies way out of reach of your dog. The whole family needs to be on the same page and realize the harm a tiny bit of chocolate can cause to the precious family pet.
Along with the chocolate toxicity, there are many other concerns during the holidays. The kids may be bringing in other things such as raisins, nuts, mints, chewing gum and anything sugar-free that contains Xylitol. This commonly used artificial sweetener can cause your dog to have liver failure and possible death.
Decorations can also be dangerous for the family dog because they seem to eat anything and everything. Consuming any parts of your lavish display can cause stomach distress and sometimes blockage. It certainly doesn’t mean that you can’t make your home look festive inside and out but be sure to not drop any small pieces on the floor and always monitor the pooch around the displays.
Sometimes the stress of the season can cause your dog to be overly anxious and even aggressive out of fear. The excessive crowds can be too much for some dogs. In such situations, if your pet is one that easily becomes stressed, it may be a good idea to provide it a “quiet spot” with food, water and a comfy bed, away from the turmoil of the day.
At the same time, be sure that your dog cannot get loose during the hustle and bustle of the trick-or-treating and continual flow of kids coming and going. Prevent any possible escapes that can put your dog in danger of getting hit by a car and more. Your dog must also be tagged or micro-chipped in the event that it does accidentally get out of the door or yard.
Halloween can and should be fun for everyone, including the pets. It just takes a little extra care and caution on your part so that the holiday can be safe and fun for all, filled with only pleasant memories.
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If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
For the Chihuahua lovers in the Rockford area, you can check out – Chihuahua Land Rockford or Chihuahua Rescue. You can also find some beautiful, healthy Chihuahuas and other small puppies at – http://www.scottspuppypalace.com/teacuppuppies.htm.
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