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Celebrating Halloween With Your Dog~

Costumes For All!

While it’s great fun to dress up for Halloween, be sure your dog or cat is comfortable being in costume. Many pets love the extra attention, but for some it can cause undue stress. Halloween dog costumes should not limit your pet’s ability to see, hear, breathe or move about freely. Avoid costumes with small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces and monitor your pet at all times when he or she is in costume. Even the most social pets can become stressed out by a sudden influx of trick-or-treaters or party goers. Know your dog’s limitations and provide a safe, quiet space for them to retreat if you plan on entertaining trick-or-treaters or party guests. Anxiety relief remedies may help ease your pet’s stress as well.

Prevent!

Pumpkins, hay and cornstalks make great decorations at this time of year but can produce gastrointestinal upset or even intestinal blockage if ingested by pets. Additionally, be sure to keep Halloween decorations safely out of reach, especially jack-o’-lanterns lighted by candles or electrical cords. Chocolate in all forms can be deadly for dogs. Tin foil and cellophane wrappers are also dangerous if ingested. If you suspect your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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