Tips for keeping your pet safe during Halloween

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — Trick or treating is almost here.

And with that, the kids will soon be in costume asking for their candy.

Even in a pandemic world, Halloween will still be upon us on Saturday, Oct. 31.

So with all the unique activities going on, should pet owners be doing anything differently to make sure their dog or cat is safe?

Well, Best Friends Animal Society has created a guide with considerations and tips to make sure everyone's pet is also having a good time this Halloween while remaining safe:

1. Candy is for kids, not dogs and cats. Chocolate can be very toxic to our furry friends. Candy containing xylitol (artificial sweetener) can also be dangerous. Keep any candy out of pets' reach.

2. Wires and cords that light up your holiday decorations can be deadly if chewed on. Please make sure pets can’t access them.

3. Jack-o-lanterns with lit candles should be kept away from pets who might accidentally knock them over and potentially start a fire.

4. Pets should be kept inside during Halloween, if trick-or-treating is happening in your community. Use caution when answering the door so your cat doesn't dart outside. If the extra door knocking or doorbell ringing stresses out your pets, put them in a quiet room away from the noise, or use a gate to stop them from lunging at the door.

5. Make sure your pets have current ID tags and that microchip info is up to date in case they run or get lost.

6. If you do decide to dress up your pet, make sure the costume is not bothersome and is safe for your pet. Costumes should not constrict movement, breathing or vision. Small dangling pieces can be choking hazards. Ill-fitting costumes can get twisted and caught on external objects and hurt your pet.

7. Most dogs would prefer not to go out for Halloween parades or trick-or-treating. The chaos, costumes and excited kids can be frightening to even the friendliest of dogs and cause them to act differently than normal. It’s best to leave them at home to be safe.

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