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Halloween Safety

Make sure that all canine competitors stay safe today! By Brenna Fender



Don't leave your dog unattended in a costume either! Photo by author.
Halloween is a fun and exciting holiday for adults and children, but not for most pets. There are several dangers that this holiday presents for dogs (and cats too!):
 
Getting lost. You will be opening and closing your door often, which provides extra chances for your pet to squeeze out. Since you'll be busy admiring costumes,  you might not even notice. And with the streets filled with scary creatures, your pet may be frightened and run far away from your home, making it harder for you to find him. You can avoid this danger by securing your dog during Trick or Treating, possibly in a crate or room that's not near your front door.

Getting stolen. Halloween, and the days leading up to it, are prime times for people to steal animals (particularly black cats) to use in terrible ways. Don't leave your dog unattended in your yard or on a tie out, particularly on Halloween night itself when pranksters (or others) may set him free.

Getting sick. Chocolate is toxic for dogs, and so is any product containing Xylitol, a sugar substitute often found in sugar-free gum. Other types of candy may also be dangerous. Make sure your candy bowl is in a safe place!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

This article first appeared in the Courteous Canine The DogSmith newsletter "Something to Bark About," and is shared with permission.

Brenna Fender is the editor of USDAA.com, among other things. Brenna owns four dogs, one of which (Payton the Wonder Whippet) posed for the photo in this article.. Brenna can be reached at bfender@usdaa.com. 

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