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Keep your anxious pup safe on Halloween

Most of us love Halloween, but this can be a dangerous day for our pets. 

So, please keep this in mind on that night:

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate can be lethal for dogs and cats. If your pup or kitty starts vomiting, has diarrhea or seizures, it could be possible that he ate a piece of candy. 

Let kids know that it isn't okay to give the pets human snacks and don't forget to keep Fido close by, that way you'll be sure of what he is eating. 

2. Don't leave your pets outside: Pranksters have been known to tease and steal pets on Halloween. Black cats are under a bigger risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents on that night. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween. 

3. Keep them away from the door: Your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This can be scary for our canine and feline friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression.

Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or a room away from the front door, will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from them: Glow sticks can be fun and helpful during Halloween, but they can be dangerous if your pup chews one. While the liquid inside isn't toxic, it has an awful taste. This may cause our pets to drool, become agitated and even vomit. 

If this happens, give your dog or kitty a small treat or fresh food. 

5. Keep pumpkins and corn out of reach: While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be safe, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy pumpkins or corn, used as decoration, can cause big problems. An upset stomach can be a possibility and you don't want that on any night of the year for your pet. 

So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets.

6. Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it: If you do decide he or she needs a costume, make sure it isn't dangerous or simply annoying to your pet.

Costumes should not restrict movement, eyesight or the ability to breathe. 

7. Try on pet costumes before that night: Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time. Get your pet costumes early and put them on for short periods of time. Make it a positive experience by playing him and giving plenty of treats.

If at any time, your pet seems distressed or develops skin problems, consider letting him go in his “birthday suit.” A festive accessory may be a good compromise.

8. Use their IDs: If your dog or cat escapes and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if someone finds them. Make sure the information is up-to-date.

Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags.

Bonus: Have fun. This can be a memorable and funny holiday for the family and your pets. 


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