Pet Safety Key to a Happy Halloween

By: Ali Ingersoll Email
By: Ali Ingersoll Email

Many people treat their animals as four-legged family members. They've even started to go above and beyond during the holiday seasons.

In 2012, consumers spent $310 million on Halloween treats and apparel for their pets. While they might look adorable, it is important to remember their safety is key.

"You want to make sure it [the costume] fits," says Mary Kirlin from the Marathon County Humane Society.

She recommends you try the the get-up on your pet first so it is not too snug or too loose so they're tripping. She also says it should not hinder their eye sight.

Kirlin recommends seeing how your furry friend is with crowds first before taking them trick-or-treating because all the Halloween festivities might frighten them.

"There's children running, screeching, goblins and ghouls, and it could be disconcerting," says Kirlin. "A really frightened dog has got two choices - one is to run and one is to fight which results in a bite."
Kirlin recommends putting your candy up high as well. Aside from the issues chocolate can cause for your pets, they may think candy wrappers are toys and ingest them, causing further health problems.

If you want a healthy, happy pet on Halloween, the best bet is to stick to the tricks and stay away from the treats.


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