Protect pets from frights on Halloween

October 30, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010

Regional Animal Services of King County has advised pet owners to prepare animals for Halloween guests, strange noises and unfamiliar costumed creatures.

On Halloween, frequent opening and closing of the door to greet trick-or-treaters can cause pets to become scared or excited and dash outside. Ideally, pets should wear two forms of identification, such as a pet license, ID tag, microchip or a combination.

Though seasonal decorations and burning candles seem like fun for humans, the decorations can be harmful to pets, and should be put beyond the reach of inquisitive noses and paws.

During trick or treating, spooky sounds, ringing doorbells and strange costumes can also be scary for animals.

Regional Animal Services suggests the following safety steps for pet owners:

  • On Halloween night, keep pets safe inside the house and away from the front door.
  • Store Halloween candy away from animals. Chocolate contains theobryomine and can be lethal for dogs if enough is digested.
  • If a pet becomes lost, be sure to visit local animal shelters right away to search and post flyers in the neighborhood, too.
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