Keep your pet safe this Halloween

Keep your pet safe this Halloween

(WOIO) - While Halloween can be a ghoulish good time for families, there are various potential dangers and sources of stress pet owners should be mindful of this season.

Dr. Denise Petryk, Trupanion's director of veterinary services, suggests the following tips to keep your pet safe and happy while celebrating all things Halloween:

Candy and Treats: Many pet owners know that dogs shouldn't eat chocolate, but year after year Trupanion sees a 71 percent increase in chocolate toxicity during Halloween, compared to the previous six months of the year. Consider finding alternative treats, such as homemade pumpkin goodies, so pets can indulge in something other than chocolate.

Costumes: Costumes aren't for every pet. If you do plan to dress up your pet, make sure your pet's costume is comfortable, non-restricting, and doesn't have any loose pieces they might try to swallow.

Trick-or-Treating: Remember to keep your pet's identification on them at all times. A startled pet may dart out the door when the doorbell rings with trick-or-treaters. Consider keeping them in their crate or in a different area of the house when you expect visitors.

Decorations: Lights, cords, paper decorations, fake spider webs, maize, candy wrappers, and other fall decor can be tempting for pets and dangerous if consumed. Always keep smaller, chewable items out of reach.

Find more tips on safety, party themes, costumes and other bonus content in our Fright Zone section.

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