Keeping pets safe on Halloween

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Dressing up those four-legged friends for Halloween can be fun, but there are a few dangers to watch out for.

Experts say it is best not to take our furry companions on those candy rounds.  Too many strangers in costumes can be scary for pets.

One of the first tips to remember is make sure our canine and feline companions are wearing their licenses and ID tags.   This depends on how busy neighborhoods are, the door could be opening and closing throughout the evening, pets could get lost in the confusion and noise.

A current license and updated ID tag can help make sure lost pets can be returned to their family.

Another good pet safety tip to remember is during trick or treating hours leave pets in a separate, secure room away from the door.

Further safety tips:

Keep candy where pets cannot reach it, chocolate can be poisonous to some animals.

Also snacks with onions and grapes can also be hazardous if swallowed.

Be watchful of pets around lit pumpkins or mood-setting candles.  Pets can burn themselves or knock them over and cause a fire.

Remember as well that not all pets like to wear costumes, and if your pet does, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe.

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