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How to keep your dog safe this Halloween

Halloween can be a frightening time for family pets. From malicious pet-related “tricks” to toxic candy “treats,” the holiday can pose many dangers. But, the trick is not to treat Halloween as just another day for your pup. The American Kennel Club (www.akc.org) offers the following tips to ensure a safe and Happy “Howloween” with your dog:

If you dress your pet up in a costume, supervise him at all times. Make sure it fits properly and is not in the way of his breathing, eyesight or hearing.

Chocolate and sweets can be dangerous for your dog. The canine digestive system is not adapted for sweets, and chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be fatal to your pup. Baking chocolate is especially high in this chemical.

Walk your dog while it is still light outside. Your pooch may find candy, wrappers and broken eggs on lawns and streets. Make sure that these “tempting treats” stay out of reach.

Children in costumes can frighten dogs. Make sure pets are in a safe and secure room when you answer the door.

If you want your dog to greet trick-or-treaters, keep him on a leash. Your pup may be stressed by the noise, activity or the interruption of his normal routine.

Don't leave your dog unattended outside on Halloween, even if he is behind a fence. Pranksters may target your dog with eggs, and passers-by may be tempted to give him harmful treats and candy.

If you are having a party, consider confining your dog in one area of the house. Remember to leave a radio or TV and lights on for him.

Be careful where you place candles and jack-o'-lanterns. They can be knocked over by your dog's wagging tail.

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