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Jonathan Wisniewski, Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin (EVCOT)

Halloween is a holiday filled with fun for the whole family. But what about your pets? Make sure your pets, and their safety, are thought of this year by following these easy tips.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs.

2. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed.

3. Don't let pets out in the yard on Halloween

Cruel pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Black cats are especially at risk. Protect your pets by keeping them indoors.

4. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Your door will be frequently opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep. This can scare pets, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside.

5. ID Your Pet

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the correct identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin

8250 SW Tonka St

Tualatin, OR 97052

503-691-7922

www.evcot.com/

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