Here are six tips to help keep your pets safe this Halloween:
- Keep cats indoors: Cats allowed to go outside may become the target of people who want to hurt them. Keep cats inside where it's safe.
Lit pumpkins and electrical cords can be a hazard for your
feline friends and pooch pals.
- Don't take the family dog along when you're trick-or-treating: Even friendly dogs can get spooked on Halloween and there's a risk your dog could run off and get lost. Leave your dog at home.
- Use decorations with caution: Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.
- Keep candy out of your pet's reach: Chocolate can be poisonous to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. And don't forget about wrappers - they can cause your pet to choke.
- Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he/she enjoys it: Some costumes can cause stress and injury to pets, making it tough to move, hear, breathe, bark or see. Never leave costumed pets unattended.
- Make sure your pets are properly identified: In case your pet runs outside, make sure he or she has a collar, tag and microchip so they'll increase their chances of being returned home. It's a good idea to keep pets in a separate room of the house so they can't slip out.