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Keep Fluffy and Fido safe on Halloween

Keep Fluffy and Fido safe on Halloween

Credit: woodnancy

Mickey the Jack Russell Terrier in his spider costume.

by SUSAN WYATT

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KING5.com

Posted on October 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 31 at 11:41 AM

We all know this already but here it is anyway. The Seattle Humane Society tips for keeping your furry family members safe on Halloween:

KEEP YOUR PET INSIDE
Keep your companion animals in a room away from the front door when trick-or-treaters are visiting. It is too easy for them to be frightened by the goblins and slip out the door.

UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
This is the perfect time to make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing up-to-date identification. Most veterinarians and shelters offer microchipping. If your pet is already microchipped, be sure the company has your current address and phone numbers.

FEED TREATS MADE FOR PETS
Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep them out of reach. Dispose of the wrappers where pets can't get them to avoid choking. Also, remember that children may not understand why Fluffy can't share their treats, so use this as a teaching opportunity.

DECORATE WITH CAUTION
Tail wagging is a good thing - unless it's done around a lit candle! Keep candles and lit jack-o-lanterns at an appropriate height where your pets can't knock them over, or get burned.

KEEP PET COSTUMES SAFE
Avoid costumes that impair your pet's vision, hearing, or mobility and costumes that are too tight or too loose. The elastic in costumes can restrict circulation, loose-fitting costumes can become tangled and small, dangling pieces can create a choking hazard. Make sure that your pet has as much fun playing dress up as you do. If not, a decorative collar is always a great alternative.

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