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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

With the arrival of the Halloween season, the Humane Society of Washington County is offering these Pet Safety Tips courtesy of the ASPCA.

1. Dress-up is only for some pets. Please do not put your dog or cat through unwanted stress if they do not want to participate in this pastime. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume is safe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure the costume is not flammable or will not get caught on something. Make sure the costume does not have something they may want to rip off and could potentially choke on.

2. Make sure your pet does not get a hold of any treats, especially chocolate. If you do suspect your pet has gotten into something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

3. Be mindful of your decorations. Keep any wires or cords out of reach from your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. Don't forget about lit candles. Pets can knock them over or get burned.

5. Keep pets in a safe environment during trick or treating or partying hours. Even if your pet is very friendly, many people can be scared of pets. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Keep pets inside in an area where they cannot reach an open door.

6. Tags, licenses and microchips are an animal's ticket home. Ensure your pet’s ID is up-to-date. 

7. Help an animal find its way back home. Anyone finding an animal can call the HSWC Lost and Found Department at 301-733-2060.