Family Time: Halloween Tips For Pets

October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM EDT

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October 23, 2013 Updated Oct 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM EDT


Are your Halloween decorations up? Do the kids know what they are dressing up as for trick or treating? There's always a lot of excitement around the house for Halloween, but don't forget to watch out for the family pet. Here are some tips:

1. Keep Halloween candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate and other treats can be potentially harmful to animals. Tinfoil and
cellophane candy wrappers can also be hazardous, if swallowed.

2. Don't put costumes on your pets unless you know they enjoy
them. If they do, make sure the costume doesn't restrict your pet's movement,
vision, hearing or ability to breathe or bark. Adults should supervise pets in
costume at all times.

3. Keep pets away from lit pumpkins. Curious pets could be burned or start a fire if they knock over the pumpkin.

4. Keep pets inside on Halloween to avoid pranksters who may harm
them. This is important for cats, especially black cats, which should be kept inside for several days before and after Halloween.

5. Pets should be kept in a separate room during peak
trick-or-treating hours. Children in costumes may frighten your dog or cat.

6. If you choose not to put your pet in a separate
room, be sure it doesn't dart out when you open the door.
Just in case, make sure your pets are wearing current identification.