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    How to make your dog’s Halloween safe?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceMonday 24 October 2011

    Halloween celebrations are almost here. We have found this article on the ASPCA website and decided to mention the main points in order to make the spookiest night of the year safe as well! Take few minutes in order to read the article on how to make your dog’s Halloween costume safe.

    Remember no to let your dog eat all the bowl of candies as they are only for trick-or-treaters, not for your puppy. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark or baking chocolate can be very dangerous and toxic for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, you should contact vet immediately. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. You should remember that you cannot put your dog a costume if it doesn't feel comfortable with it. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Make sure that your dog's costume does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside. Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances to be reunited with its owner.

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