Halloween is spooky for pets, too, so use safety tips

October 30, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 1 p.m. Oct. 30, 2012

Halloween is a spooky season for pets, too.

From pet costumes to pet-friendly decorations, Seattle Humane Society leaders ask pets to prepare for Halloween guests, strange noises and costumed creatures.

On Halloween, frequent opening and closing of the door to greet trick-or-treaters can cause excited or scared pets to dash outside. Keep animals in a room away from the front door as trick-or-treaters visit. The spooky sounds, ringing doorbells and strange costumes can frighten animals.

Ideally, pets should wear a pet license, ID tag, microchip or a combination.

Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If a pet is already microchipped, make sure the company has current address and phone numbers.

Seasonal decorations and burning candles can pose a risk to pets. Owners should put such items beyond the reach of inquisitive noses and paws.

Pets’ costumes should not impair animals’ vision, hearing or mobility.

Costumes should not feel too tight or too loose, either. The elastic in costumes can restrict circulation, loose-fitting costumes can become tangled and dangling pieces can create a choking hazard. Decorative collars offer a safe alternative for pets.

Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep treats out out of reach. Dispose of wrappers where pets cannot reach them to avoid choking, and explain to children why pets cannot share their treats.

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