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Halloween Warning for Pet Owners!

From: Meredith
Sent on: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 9:54 AM
Halloween Warning for Pet Owners!

Keep cats safely indoors. Cats?black ones in particular?often fall victim to pranksters. Visit humanesociety.org/safecats for more information.

Keep your pets INSIDE on the day before and the day of Halloween.

Many pets are stolen, tortured and killed on these days. Be especially careful if you own a black cat.

ASPCA Halloween Tips
? Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.
? Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
? Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
? Don't dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
? If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct her vision even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can't see what's going on around them.
? All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
? Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door.
? While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

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