Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween

Attention animal lovers...the spookiest night of the year approaches! The ASPCA recommends some common sense Halloween precautions to keep you and your pet safely saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1...check 'em out:

1.The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not your pet! Chocolate in all forms (especially dark or baking chocolate) and candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, immediately call your veterinarian or an Animal Poison Control center near you.

2. Don't let your pets nibble on pumpkins and decorative corn! Although considered to be relatively nontoxic, they can produce stomach upset in pets.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. Keep your pet away from a carved pumpkin if there is a lit candle inside. Pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire; curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned by candle flames.

5. If you costume your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying to your pet and doesn't constrict the animal's movement or ability to hear, breathe, etc. Also, avoid costumes with small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that are easy to choke on. Try on costumes before the big night to be sure your pet is comfortable; if your pet seems uncomfortable, it may be best to simply go with a festive, holiday bandana or collar.

6. Shy pets should be kept away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours; strangers and doorbells can be scary and stressful for pets.

7. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, don't let your pet dart outside.

8. Does your dog or cat have proper identification? A collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for lost pets, since they increase the chances that your pet will be returned to you.

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