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How to Keep Your Pets Safe on Halloween (and Before)

Nobody wants an accident or emergency vet visit to ruin the holiday

 

October 27, 2022

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Make sure costumes fit and don't interfere with a pet's breathing

It's officially spooky season! Follow these tips to keep your pet healthy and safe during Halloween:

Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum)

Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar, and ID tag) in case he or she escapes through the open door while you're distracted by trick-or-treaters

Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets

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Bearded dragons are more likely to tolerate costume wearing than cats

If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume

Keep glow sticks and glow jewelry away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely

If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place

Keep your pet inside

 

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