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Halloween Pet Safety Tips
When you think of Halloween, you probably think of little ghosts, goblins, devils and witches roaming the streets. It is not the same for the family pet, who will often find these strange sights frightening. Take these safety measures during the Halloween season to protect your pets and to help make Halloween a safe and stress free holiday.
Keep your Pets Indoors
Keep pets indoors on Halloween night as the extra activity can be scary. Take extra precautions if you own a black cat as their infamous association with Halloween makes them a prime target for many who want to use them as props.
Confine your pets to a safe and quiet area
The constantly ringing doorbell can be stressful so place your pets in a quiet area, preferably with the television or radio playing to soothe them, and if possible, a human companion.
Do not take the family pet out trick-or-treating
Pets can be frightened by strange costumes and may result in the animal running away or acting out by attacking. Remember, pet owners may be liable for injuries inflicted by their pets.
Never let your pet around a lit pumpkin
Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens and puppies especially run the risk of getting burned.
Candy is not for pets
Most candy will get your animals sick and chocolate is actually very dangerous as it is poisonous to many animals. In case your pet accidentally gets into the candy, keep the number of your local poison control center handy.
Never dress your pet in a costume that is not made for pets
If you do dress your pets for Halloween, make sure it is a costume made for pets their size.
Current identification tags are vital
With the door constantly in use on this holiday, pets can sneak out of the house. Make sure their tags are on and the information is updated.