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No Tricks or Treats for Fido or Fluffy this Halloween

PHOTO: Halloween can be tricky for pet owners but a few simple precautions will keep animals safe on the holidays. Photo courtesy of Microsoft Images.
PHOTO: Halloween can be tricky for pet owners but a few simple precautions will keep animals safe on the holidays. Photo courtesy of Microsoft Images.
October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It's one of the most fun-filled nights for kids of all ages, but unless pet owners take precautions, Halloween could pose serious risks for four-legged friends.

Whether it's the candy the children bring home, or the bowl you are passing out to trick-or-treaters, Kerry Pettit, the executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, says it's important to place candy out-of-reach because it can be fatal to animals.

"Just like anything you want to keep your pets safe so you want to avoid them digesting things that are not digestible such as the wrappers, but the biggest thing is definitely the chocolate," she explains.

As for dressing pets up in Halloween costumes, Pettit advises treating animals the same as toddlers – beware of choking or breathing hazards, and don't leave them unsupervised while they're suited up.

Pettit adds Halloween safety begins with securing pets inside the house or in a place where they won't get overexcited by an onslaught of children, and to be sure all animals have proper identification.

"With people coming in and out and Halloween parties or trick-or-treaters coming, it's a really good idea to keep an extra eye on those doors,” she says, “and make sure that your pet doesn't happen to sneak out and get lost."

Pettit points out that taking Fido or Fluffy with you while trick or treating generally isn't the best idea.

"There's children in costumes, people dressed up in costumes and your pets aren't used to seeing that so it may make them scared or they may be frightened from it,” she explains. “So this is the time of year that you want to be very careful also just so nothing happens, no bite injuries."


Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH