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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for humans. However, for pets it can be downright scary. Reduce stress and dangers this Halloween by following these easy tips.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal for pets. Chocolate poisoning symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Candy that contains the artificial sweetner xylitol can also be poisonous to pets, even in small amounts.

2. Don't leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

It isn't unheard off for pranksters to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween. 

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Your door be constantly opening and closing with strangers dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at trick-or-treaters. Putting your pet in a secure room away from the door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night.

4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.

Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. 

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should they get ingested in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. 

6. Don't keep lit pumpkins around pets.

Should pets get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.

If chewed, your pet could cut themselves on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

8. Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll love it.

If you do decide that your pet needs a costume, make sure it isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their "birthday suit". Festive bandanas can work as an alternative.

10. IDs, please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. 

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