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Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips to keep pets healthy and out of the emergency room this Halloween:

  • Keep Halloween candy out of your pet’s reach. Chocolate and other treats can be potentially harmful to animals. Tinfoil and cellophane candy wrappers can also be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Don’t put costumes on your pets unless you know they enjoy it. If they do, make sure the costume doesn’t restrict your pet’s movement, vision, hearing, or ability to breathe or bark. Adults should supervise pets in costume at all times.
  • Keep pets away from lit pumpkins. Curious pets could be burned or start a fire if they knock the pumpkin over.
  • Keep pets inside on Halloween to avoid pranksters who may harm them. This is especially important for cats, which should be kept inside for several days before and after Halloween. Black cats, in particular, may be at risk.
  • Children in costumes may frighten your dog or cat. Pets should be kept in a separate room during peak trick-or-treating hours.
  • If your pet is very social and you choose not to put him/her in a separate room, be sure your pet doesn’t dart out when you open the door. Just in case, make sure your pets are wearing current identification.

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