By Dr. Peter Dobias
Hi my dog lovers,
Halloween is a spooky time and we should embrace our wild and crazy sides to celebrate. Normally, I am not into dressing dogs up but lately, I have been thinking that dogs love to have fun and get attention, and some of them may actually love to be in costume.
However, Halloween brings a few more serious challenges to our dogs:
What to do if your dog is sensitive to noise
I suggest that you give a remedy called Aconitum or Aconite. Most homeopathic pharmacies and health stores carry either 6C or 30 C potency. Give one dose, three larger (a mint sized) or 20 ( a poppy seed sized) pellets in the morning, a second dose at noon and a third dose in the evening. If you need to give the treatment for longer than 24 hours, repeat 1 to two doses per day for up to 3 days.
Most dogs respond well to the treatment and it has no side effects.
What to do if your dog eats an indigestible object.
Some of you have already read my blog but this is such an important article, that I decided to share it with you again. I also hope that you will share it with those you care about.
Happy Halloween and please keep your dog safe and stress free!
I have personally watched my two dogs on Halloween and they did like the people but it seemed hard for them to feel comfortable with a person wearing a mask for they would recognize the voice but couldn't see the face so that was confusing to them. They enjoyed seeing the people without masks much better. This can be stressful for our pets when there is a lot of commotion and they don't understand what is going on since this isn't their normal activity. This also has to do with putting a costume on a pet. Some animals are used to having things on them but others aren't and having something strange on them also with a lot of commotion can cause the animal anxiety so pay attention to your animals signals.
I also use a calming blend of essential oils for an animal that might get stressed with the door bell ringing and children hollering "Trick or Treat". I personally won't put my dogs through that since one is a bit more sensitive to excessive loud noises.