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PostHeaderIcon No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents

Disclosure: This is a post written by me and any opinions expressed are my own. I may or may not have received compensation for my services.

If you are the Mom or Dad of a 4 legged child, listen up! It is almost the scariest  night of the year and we want to make sure all of our babies are kept safe! The ASPCA recommends using your common sense and taking these precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.(Yes, I realize some people are severely lacking in common sense, especially when it comes to their family members who walk on all fours!)

1. No tricks, no treats: Please remember that the candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candy contains the artificial sweetener xylitol which can also cause severe problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

2. Some of the most popular Halloween plants, such as pumpkins and harvest corn, are considered to be relatively nontoxic, however they can produce an upset tummy in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. While i am completely against clothes on pets, I think Halloween can be a small exception. Dressing them up can be fun but consider how they feel about it. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it. For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or dangerous to them. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also,please be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go ll natural, wear a festive bandana or try a Halloween collar and leash instead!

7. 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.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

Slightly Edited… Original Source

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