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Do's and Don't for Your Pet on Halloween

Oct. 31, 2012

Cynthia Hubert

Pets on Halloween

Halloween can be one of the scariest nights of the year for our animal friends.

Animal welfare organizations in the Sacramento area offer the following tips to keep pets safe this Halloween:

-- Keep pets safely inside during trick-or-treating hours. Frequently opened doors provide the perfect opportunity for escape.

-- Keep dogs away from chocolate treats, which can be toxic to them. Shield animals from burning jack-o-lanterns and decorations that could cause choking if chewed.

-- Never bring dogs along for trick-or-treating. The commotion and costumes could frighten them and cause them to bolt or bite.

-- Make sure pets are wearing their tags and collars just in case they break free.

-- Save the costumes for humans. Dressing up pets can cause them undue stress by restricting their movements, breathing and hearing.

Source: (c)2012 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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