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Oct 28, 2013 2:18 PM by Nikai Salcido

Tips to keep your pet from getting spooked on Halloween

TUCSON - Pima Animal Care Center wants to offer you tips to make your Halloween festivities pet-friendly.

All the noise and costumes and doorbells can be a stressful time for pets.

PACC officials suggests during trick or treat hours, leave pets in a separate, secure room away from the door. And don't be tempted to take them with you on your candy rounds. Too many strangers in costumes can be scary for them.

Make sure pets are wearing their license and ID tags. Depending on your neighborhood, your door may be opening and closing throughout the evening, and your pets could get lost in the confusion and noise. A current license helps make sure they can be returned home if they get out.

Keep candy where pets can't get at it. Chocolate can be poisonous to some animals. Tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers also can be hazardous if swallowed.

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

Also, not all pets like to wear costumes. If your pet doesn't seem to mind stepping out of character, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. And just in case, monitor your pets while they're wearing the costume.

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