Make sure pets have a safe Howl ‘o Ween |

Make sure pets have a safe Howl ‘o Ween

Halloween can be a traumatic or dangerous time for pets. With some careful planning, you can avoid those pitfalls and keep Halloween safe for your pets.

• Be careful when allowing your pet around a lit pumpkin. Pets may knock it over with a wagging tail or playful behavior and cause a fire.

• Don’t dress your pet in costume unless you know they love it. If you do dress up your dog or cat, make sure the costume isn’t constricting or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct your pet’s vision. Even the nicest pet can become frightened and snap if they can’t see what’s going on around them.

• All but the most social pets should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers in your pet’s space can be scary. Keeping them in a separate room will also protect them from darting out of an open door as you pass out treats to youngsters.

• Don’t leave your pets outside on Halloween. There are plenty of stories of pranksters who have teased, injured or stolen pets on this night.

• Candy is not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to many pets, and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

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