Pet safety for Halloween

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Megan Rees from the Dumb Friends League shows us how to keep our pets safe on Halloween.

Halloween can be a festive holiday for people, but it can be downright scary for our furry
friends. Here are a few tips from the Dumb Friends League to keep your pets safe and ensure this Oct. 31 doesn’t turn
into a nightmare for you and your critters:
Keep the Halloween treats out of reach—candy, especially chocolate, can make your pet sick and can even be
fatal in severe cases.
Put your pets in a separate room away from the door during peak trick-or-treating times. This will help reduce
stress associated with constant visitors in strange costumes. It will also prevent them from darting outside when
the door is open.
Keep your pets indoors. Pets that are out at night with trick-or-treaters might get spooked by noises and
costumes, which could cause them to run away.
Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If, for any reason, your pet escapes and becomes
lost, a collar, ID tag and microchip can be lifesavers, increasing the chances that your pet will be returned to you.
Wires and cords from decorations should be kept out of reach, as they can become dangerous if chewed. Your
pet could cut or burn himself or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
If your pet enjoys dressing up for the holiday, here are some costume safety guidelines to prevent a frightful night:
Don’t restrict your pet’s ability to walk and sit down comfortably.
Avoid making your pet wear a mask that covers his eyes, ears or nose.
Don’t put your pet in a costume that makes it difficult to breathe. This is especially important for flat-nosed dogs
such as bulldogs, pugs and Pekingese.
Always supervise your pet while in costume. Pieces of the costume, when chewed, can pose a choking hazard.
Read your pet’s body language when he’s wearing a costume—if he looks miserable, he probably is.
Alternatives to dressing up your pet could be a festive bandana or collar.

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