Halloween pet safety tips
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MURRAY, UT (Oct. 26, 2017) --The Humane Society of Utah reminds pet owners to keep pets safe during holiday events
Increased activity and open doors may pose risks for pets during the Halloween season. The Humane Society of Utah (HSU) reminds pet owners that holiday festivities may be stressful for their furry family members and encourages extra attention when opening doors to costumed visitors and partygoers.
“Some pet owners love to dress up their animals during Halloween,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “We ask that they keep their pet’s comfort in mind and make sure costumes don’t restrict movement or cause undue stress.”
HSU recommends the following safety reminders to all pet owners during the holiday:
Keep pets away from trick-or-treat candy and chocolate. Children may hide their candy away in their bedroom but pets have a keen sense of smell and may find the stash. Contact your local veterinarian if your pet consumes candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.
Bring pets inside and keep them contained in a safe room during festivities. Be aware that the increased number of people and costumes may cause stress to your pet and they may bolt out an open door.
Ensure your pet wears proper ID, is microchipped and owner information is updated.
Do not keep lit pumpkins, candles or glow sticks around pets. While most glow sticks are labeled as nontoxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and may cause pets that bite into them to have a reaction.
Only dress your pet in a safe and unrestrictive costume if they tolerate it. Ensure that the costume fits well and doesn’t slip or tangle the pet, or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. Never leave a costumed pet unattended.