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Animal Welfare Society Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe at Halloween
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• Keep pets safely inside, away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. This will ensure that pets won’t become frightened or feel threatened at the sight of noisy costumed children. Frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape, which can go unnoticed during all of the commotion.  Be sure all pets are wearing collars with ID tags in case of accidental escape.
• Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to cats, dogs, and ferrets.  If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
• Keep pets away from decorations. Flames in jack-o-lanterns and candles can quickly singe, burn or set fire to a pet’s fur.  Pets can become tangled in hanging decorations like streamers and can choke on some decorations if they chew on them.
• Resist the urge to put your furry friend in costume. Most pets dislike the confinement of costumes and masks, and flowing capes can cause injuries if pets get caught on something.  If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, vision or impede his ability to breathe or bark. Keep a look out for small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces on the costume that your pet could choke on.
• Don’t bring the family dog along for trick-or-treating.  Dogs may become difficult to handle during the noise and confusion of the festivities. A lost dog or dog bite will quickly end your Halloween fun.
"The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets."

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