Howl-een (and meow-ween) Safety

french bulldog wearing witch costumeFor owners of scaredy cats and dare-devil dogs, Halloween can be a tricky holiday. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has a few tips and tricks to keep our furry friends safe on the 31st.

 1. Keep pets away from candy. All types of chocolate are harmful for both cats and dogs. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems.

2. Decorative objects from corn to pumpkins are generally seen as nontoxic. Yet, they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Electrical wires and cords used in holiday decorations can be harmful for pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. Only dress pets in costumes if it something they enjoy. It is unnecessary to stress out animals on what for some is a worrisome day.

5. If you do dress up your cat or dog make sure that they are as safe as possible. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

6. Comfort for pets is also vital. Be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. If you have a pet that is scared or stressed by both the constant ring of the doorbell and many unknown visitors they can be kept in a separate room away from all of the commotion.

8. If you have a very social animal that is allowed near the door during trick-or-treating make sure they do not dart out the door. (It is also a good idea to have pets micro-chipped and wearing a tag for identification.)

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