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Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween's trick-or-treaters, chocolates, parties and costumes can create problems for pets. As a responsible pet owner it is important to take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your pet during this hectic holiday.

The World Wide Pet Industry Association (WWPIA), the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible pet care, today offers a list of tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween, which I have included below.

If you would like to speak to an expert regarding Halloween pet safety or need additional information, please do not hesitate to call me at (310) 578-7050.

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World Wide Pet Industry Association (WWPIA) Offers Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe this Halloween

  • Be Wary of Costumes - There is nothing wrong with dressing up your pet for Halloween, just make sure you keep an eye on them while they are in costume. Pet costumes can cause your pet to get stuck or snagged on household items and could possibly constrict a leg, or worse, the neck. An uncomfortable costume may also cause your pet to chew on it, which creates a potential for choking or intestinal obstruction.
  • Keep Candy Out of Reach - Chocolate is toxic to pets due to a chemical called theobromine, which is similar to caffeine, and can cause increased heart rates, anxiety, panting, vomiting and even death. Be sure to contact your vet immediately if you think your pet has ingested any chocolate.
  • Watch Your Wrappers - Just because the food is gone, doesn't mean pets won't be interested! Wrappers, such as tin foil, can get stuck in your pet's digestive tract and make them ill or even be fatal if ingested.
  • Keep Them Contained - The constant opening and closing of the door caused by trick-or-treaters is an invitation for your pet to dart outside or cause a confrontation between your pet and strangers. Even the cutest costume could frighten your pet and make them react negatively. Your best bet, no matter how friendly your pet is, is to keep them in a separate room where they do not have access to the door.
  • Dangerous Decorations - Be careful not to leave any lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over by a swinging tail or a curious cat. Not only could it cause a fire, but your pet could be severely burned in the process.

For more information on responsible pet care, please visit WWPIA's consumer web site at www.PetSource.org <http://www.PetSource.org>.

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