Tips to keep your pet safe on Halloween

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Halloween can be a lot of fun for people but it can be an upsetting and even dangerous time for your pets. The Placer SPCA offers the following tips to help keep your pets safe: - Don’t leave your pets outside on Halloween There are plenty of cruel pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen and even killed pets on this night. - Be careful your cat or dog does not dart out through your open door You will probably be opening and closing the door a lot and it would be very easy for your cat or dog to get out. Pets are often frightened by strangers, especially strangers wearing costumes, so it is best to keep your pet safe in another part of the house. - Make sure your cats and dogs are wearing up-to-date identification Despite our best efforts, accidents can happen. Current identification greatly increases the chance that your pet will get home safely. - Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. - Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned. - Don’t dress the dog in a costume unless you know he/she loves it Doorbells ringing, kids screaming and strangers in costumes can all be very stressful for your dog and putting them in costume usually only adds to that stress. If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision. Even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.