Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

Follow these recommendations to ensure your pets’ safety this Halloween.

• Don’t leave treats out. Many popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate and sugar substitutes are particularly dangerous.

• Carved pumpkins are festive but can injure your pet if lighted and knocked over. Ensure your pets do not have access to lighted pumpkins.

• Costumes on pets can cause unnecessary stress. It is best not to put a costume on your cat or dog unless they truly love it. It can limit their ability to move, see, or breathe normally. Easily chewed off parts are a choking hazard.

• Keep your pets calm and easy to identify. Many strangers coming to the door can be frightening and very stressful for your pets. It is advisable to keep them in a separate room away from the front door for trick-or-treating. When opening the door—be sure your dog or cat doesn’t slip outside. Make sure they are always wearing proper identification which can be a lifesaver for your pet.

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