Keep your pet safe for Halloween
Aimee Kaija's boxer Roxy wears a tutu
for Halloween 2009 during a visit to PetSmart
in Mentor. Kaija lives in Mentor.
- Animal-proof your candy stash (from Petco's "The Chilling Effects of Chocolate")
- Let your dog meet your child in costume so he is not frightened later (from Petco's "The Chilling Effects of Chocolate")
- Keep jack-o'-lanterns and candles out of reach of animals and their tails (from Halloween Safety Guide)
- Don't let animals (especially black cats) outside, or keep them in a separate room during trick or treat at parties. Noise and doorbell-ringing may stress them out. (from AMVA's Paws for Pets)
- Dress your pet in reflective costumes, and don't leave a dressed-up pet alone because they make chew or choke on their costumes (from About.com's Veterinary Medicine guide)
For more tips, check out ASPCA's Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Parents.
-- Cheryl Sadler