PHOTO GALLERY: Pet Safety with Halloween Costumes - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

PHOTO GALLERY: Pet Safety with Halloween Costumes

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You are stocked up on candy and you have your kids' costumes picked out, but is everyone in your family ready for Halloween? We have some important ways for keeping your pets safe this Halloween.

When thinking about Halloween safety it is easy to overlook your pets, but they are among the most vulnerable to the horrors of Halloween. To make sure your pets are not lost in the shuffle of the festivities, the Humane Society of America offers some advice:

  1. This holiday is for humans. Don't let your pets roam when friends are coming over for a party, or when trick or treaters are at the door. Costumes are confusing and often frightening to pets.
  2. Hide the sweets. Candy can be harmful to animals and sweeteners used in many foods, chocolate, and gum are the most hazardous to your pet.
  3. Decorate safely. If you are dressing up your home for the big day, do so with minimal impact to your pet. Changes to their environment make animals nervous and anxious. 
  4. Never leave pets alone with decorations. Many are toxic and chocking hazards.
  5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. 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. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana. Take a closer look at your pet's costume and make sure it 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.
  6. IDs, please! 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, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

The humane society says if you follow these simple tips, you and your pet will be able to both enjoy the holiday.

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