Keep your pets safe on Halloween

October 31, 2012 

Halloween can be scary for our four-legged family members. Costumed children and ringing door bells can frighten even the most well socialized dogs and cats. Here are some tips from Pals for Life Pet Adoption league on how to keep your pets safe this Halloween. Visit the group's Facebook page at facebook.com/palsinc/info for more information.

• During trick or treat hours, keep your pets in a room away from the front door. This will also keep pets from slipping out the door while you're handing out candy. If you don't have another area, keep a leash on your pet. And make sure to have proper identification on your pet in the case they do get out. If you tend to have a lot of trick-o-treaters, sitting outside might be your best bet.

• Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can be especially dangerous to our four-legged friends. If your pet consumes chocolate or candy, call your veterinarian immediately.

• Don't leave your pet unattended if he's wearing a costume. Pets can get caught in their costumes, chew on them or injure themselves. Don't leave costumes on pets for a long period of time. They may become overheated in heavy costumes. Make sure the costumes don’t have small parts that can be ingested. If your pet doesn’t like the idea of a costume, a festive bandana might be a good alternative.

• Make sure that any electrical cords for Halloween decorations are tucked safely away to keep pets from chewing on them. Keeping decorations out of reach is best, especially if you have a “chewer” in the family.

• Outdoor pets are best kept indoors during the Halloween holiday. Unfortunately, there are those who would harm pets found out and about during this time and cats are a more common target.

• If you are thinking about taking your dog out walking for Halloween, just consider that even the most social dog can be intimidated by “monsters” and strangely dressed people. This can be a very stressful situation rather than a relaxing walk.

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