Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Has Gone To The Dogs

Here are some tips from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals -- ASPCA, to keep your pets safe during Halloween:
*Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween. Every year there are reports of pets, especially black cats, being stolen, or worse.

*Candy is not for pets. Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

*Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin. Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.

*Don't dress the dog or cat in costume unless you know he loves it. It can put a lot of stress on the animal. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe -- it should not constrict her movement, hearing or ability to breathe or bark. Be careful not to obstruct his vision.

*Even the friendliest pets can get snappy during the commontion of trick or treating. Too many strangers in costumes can be scary for a dog.

*Be careful your cat or dog doesn't run outside when you open the door for trick-or-treaters.
Follow these suggestions and there is no reason your pets can't enjoy the holiday too.

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