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October 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Tips for keeping pets safe on Halloween

Trick-or-treating may be fun for kids, but it can also be frightening for pets.

The Seattle Animal Shelter advises keeping dogs in a separate room during candy-collecting hours. The pets may be scared by visitors or by people wearing costumes. If left outside in the yard, the animals could be harmed by pranksters.

Danger lurks everywhere, the shelter warns. Wagging tails or curious kittens could knock over lit pumpkins, creating a fire hazard.

And candies should be kept away from pets — chocolate is poisonous to dogs while tin foil and wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

“Don’t dress your animals in costumes unless you know they love it,” says Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “If you do dress them up, be careful not to obstruct their vision as even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.”

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