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Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween
Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween

Keeping Your Pets Safe on Halloween

Many think that October 31st is a cat’s favorite holiday. Contrary to this popular belief, your furry friend is more likely to be a “scaredy cat” around this time of year. Follow these five simple steps to protect your pets from any frights in the night.

1. No Tricks
Keep your pets indoors on Halloween. Black cats are particular targets for pranksters on this hallowed evening. As the protector of your home, dogs may be spooked by costumed visitors at your door for candy. Try to keep them in a quiet room away from the door.

2. No Treats
Danger not only lurks outside on Halloween but inside your home as well. Make sure to keep candy away from dogs and cats, as it’s toxic (especially chocolate candy). Foil and cellophane candy wrappers also pose as potential choking hazards.

3. Costume Caution
While dressing up your pet for this holiday can be fun, many experience undue stress from playing dress-up. Check costumes for small pieces that can be chewed or swallowed and make sure it’s not constricting.

4. Pumpkin Preparations
Take precautions when setting out a festive jack-o’-lantern. If you light it with a candle, keep it out of reach. Cats tend to be drawn to dancing flames and risk being burned. Dogs may accidentally knock candles over, which could cause a fire. Try using an artificial candle that’s powered by a battery.

5. Escape Plan
Practice this tip throughout the entire year, not just on Halloween. Properly ID your pets with a collar and tag. If, for some reason, your pet manages to escape between trick-or-treaters, this will greatly increase the chance of a safe return.

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