Critters and Halloween

From my e-mail newsletter from ASPCA:

NO SCAREDY CATS (OR DOGS!) THIS HALLOWEEN: TOP 10 SAFETY TIPS
Attention, pet parents! The ASPCA would like to call your attention to some common-sense cautions that’ll keep your pets safe and stress-free this time of year:

– No tricks, no treats: That bowlful of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms can be very dangerous for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

– Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in costume unless you know he or she loves it (yup, some pets are real hams!). For companion animals who prefer wearing their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume can cause undue stress.

Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, yet they can produce gastrointestinal upset should pets ingest them. Intestinal blockage could even occur if large pieces are consumed.

For our complete list of Halloween safety tips, visit ASPCA.org. And please remember, if you suspect that your pet has ingested a potentially dangerous substance—around Halloween or any time of year—please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, check out our Halloween eCards. They’re boo-ti-ful, if we do say so ourselves.

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