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Archive for October 14th, 2011

Halloween safety tips for your pets

Friday, October 14, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s that time of year again, tricks and treats and here are some ways to make sure that your pets stay safe.

  1. Do not give any candy to your pets. This is for human trick or treaters only. Candy can make your pets sick and chocolate is highly toxic to a dog or cat.
  2. Keep wire and cords from electric lights away from your pets. If chewed, your pet could suffer cuts and burns and possibly a life threatening electrical shock.
  3. Don’t put a lit candle in your carved pumpkin if you have pets. They could easily knock it over and cause a fire. Kittens can get burned from the flame.
  4. Believe it or not, dogs hate being dressed up. Don’t put your dog in an uncomfortable costume unless you’re sure that he likes it. If you do dress up your dog or cat, make sure that he could move around in it and that it isn’t too tight.
  5. Keep the dog and cat away from the door when giving out those treats. The scary costumes could freak out your dog or cause your dog or cat to dart out the door into the dark.
  6. Make sure that your dog or cat has the proper ID in the event that he does escape.
  7. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.
Follow these instructions and have a safe Halloween! Remember your pets count!