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Pima Animal Care Center offers tips to make your Halloween festivities pet-friendly

Oct 28, 2013 | Read More News
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Halloween can be a great deal of fun for people, but with all the noise and costumes and doorbells, it can also be a stressful time for pets. none

Pima Animal Care Center would like to offer some tips to help make your celebration as pet-friendly as possible:

  • During trick or treat hours, leave pets in a separate, secure room away from the door. And please don’t be tempted to take them with you on your candy rounds. Too many strangers in costumes can be scary for pets.
  • 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 us make sure we can return them to your family.
  • 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.
  • Remember that not all pets like to wear costumes. If your pet doesn’t seem to mind stepping out of character – like these great pets from our adoption center, who indulged us last week – please make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. And just in case, please monitor your pets while they’re wearing the costume.