Halloween is right around the corner, and many people will put their pets in costumes for some fun trick-or-treating or parading.
With so many pets out and about, knowing how to keep your pet safe during the holiday fun is important.
There are some key tips to keep in mind. Among them: Beyond the chances of a pet running out of the house, pets could be in danger of food poisoning and even “costume distress.”
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CEO of Pets Lifeline Nancy King said in a media statement that keeping a pet safe during Halloween can be simple with some quick tips.
Here are smart and commonsense ideas for pet safety.
Pets cannot be forgotten during the Halloween holiday fun — be sure to keep their best interests in mind with the expert tips offered here.
Keep the treats safely tucked away
Although candy is common around the household at this time of year, make sure to keep it safely tucked away from your pets, said King.
“Chocolate is very toxic to both dogs and cats, and many sweets also contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which is toxic if ingested,” she said.
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Parents and caregivers should explain the harmful effects to children as well, said King, so that they don’t accidentally feed chocolate to a dog or give their pets any other candy from their trick-or-treat bag.
Stick to pet-friendly decorations
This Bengal cat wears a checkered shirt and straw hat as a Halloween costume. Make sure the holiday items around the house are pet-friendly.
When picking Halloween decorations, make sure they’re pet-friendly.
Dogs and cats in particular often perceive decorations differently than humans do, King explained.
For example, a dog might think your harmless pumpkin decoration is a chew toy.
“Head to your local pet store and pick them up a few spooky-themed toys they can safely enjoy, or create a DIY haunted house for your cat using cardboard boxes,” she said.
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Additionally, some decorations might be a choking hazard, depending on the materials used. …….