Halloween Pet Safety Tips

October 31, 2006

The haunted holiday when ghouls, ghosts, and scary creatures once again emerge for an evening of reverie can turn into a night of fright for your furry friends. Here are five tips from Pets911.com to make this Halloween a safe and happy one.

  1. Safety First – Reduce the risk of burns or injury by keeping your furry friends away from lit pumpkins and candles.
  2. Costume Alert – Dressing a pet can equal stressing a pet. If you must dress up your dog or cat, make sure that the costume is pet safe without small or dangling accessories that could be chewed off.
  3. Pets Inside Please – There is always the risk of your dog or cat running away due to fear or they could become the victims of pranks or malicious people. Black cats are especially at risk and should be confined for several days before and after Halloween.
  4. Tricks or Treats – When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your pet doesn’t dart outside. To minimize the risk, it is a good idea to confine pets to a separate room during the peak trick-or-treat times.
  5. Just Say No – No matter how strongly your dog or cat pleads for some of your treats, just say no. Chocolate can be deadly in any amount and candy wrappers can get stuck in your pet’s digestive tract and result in serious illness or death.
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