My friend Vicki Davis reached out to me a few days ago with some safety tips for your pets this Halloween. Your kids are going to be dressing up and having fun, so it only seems like your pets might enjoy that too. However, realizing that pets can get into some pretty scary situations around the holidays. Here are some key things to keep in mind for this Halloween.

1. STASH AWAY THE TREATS

You know pets. If there is something they aren't supposed to get into, they'll find a way to get into it. Those treats for example. Unfortunately, many Halloween treats are toxic for your pets. Chocolate can be very dangerous for your cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies and fake sugar sweeteners are also very dangerous.

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2. BE CAREFUL WITH COSTUMES

Don't put your dog or cat in a costume if they really hate it. Make sure it's not pinching them, and that they can see, walk and move comfortably. Your pet may look super cute in it, but if they are dancing around and trying to get out of it, don't torcher them.

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3. PICK UP GLOW STICKS

Glow sticks are important when your kids are trick or treating in the dark. Just make sure that if kids coming to your home drop them in your yard, that you pick them up before your pets find them. If your kids are using glow sticks, make sure to collect them once they get home.

4. KEEP YOUR PETS CALM

Does your dog bark, jump and run every time the doorbell rings? Just think about the number of times it might happen on Halloween. If your pet gets stressed or is super protective, it might be a good night to give them a great chew toy, their favorite blanket and a room with the tv or radio on, and the door shut.

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5. BE CAREFUL WITH HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS

If you are going to have pumpkins with candles inside, or other lit decorations that cats could knock off a countertop, be watchful. We want you and your pets to have a safe and happy Halloween.

 

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