Scary time for pets

This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe – including the four-legged ones.

 

Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.

With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists: many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.

Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.

Dr. Kwane Stewart

Los Angeles, Calif.

The writer is the chief veterinary officer at American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization.

 

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