Tips to keep pets safe this Halloween

Tips to keep pets safe this Halloween

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Halloween can be a fun time for adults and kids but can be pretty scary for pets. The Humane Society of Missouri has some tips to remember this Halloween.

It suggests keeping pets safely inside and away from trick-or-treaters and Halloween activities so they don't get scared or feel threatened. I mean, how many Elsas does it take to really freak out your pet? Am I right?

A frequently opened door, like to pass out candy, is an easy way for an animal to get out of the house. You may want to keep your pets safely in a separate room, perhaps with their own bowl of delicious popcorn. Mmmmmm.

Seriously, black cats can become a real target on Halloween. We had a black cat when I was growing up and she was a real sweetheart. We knew to keep her inside that night for sure and maybe for the entire season.

My Boxer, Heidi, has been know to take down an entire bag of peanut M&Ms. Keep the candy cache away from dogs and other pets who may want to feast. It will keep you from a scarier cleanup later that night.

Decorations can be dangerous to pets, especially jack-o'-lanterns with a flame inside. Keep that in mind.

Finally, you've seen the look on the faces of the pets when your friends show you their picture in a pet Halloween costume. Most pets don't like to be confined no matter how cute of a hotdog they make.

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