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Ensure a Fun and Safe Howl-O-Ween for Your Pet

September 26, 2012

(Family Features) Halloween isn't just for kids. Pets are joining the festivities too by dressing up in fabulous costumes. But in addition to picking out a costume, pet parents should keep their pet's safety in mind as well. Here are some safety tips and costume ideas to help ensure you and your pet have a safe and fun holiday.

Keep them happy. "Before having pets join in the Halloween fun, it's important to assess whether your pet will be comfortable participating, or if the festivities will cause undue stress," says Dr. Simon Starkey, Pet Care Expert at PetSmart. "If you have a young or senior pet, or one that is shy around others, it's better to give them a quiet space away from all the activity where they'll feel more comfortable."

Make sure treats are pet-friendly. With so many Halloween treats about the home, you want to make sure your dog doesn't accidentally consume something that could be harmful. Chocolate is particularly tempting for pets, but it can also make them seriously ill. Instead, choose a pet friendly treat to celebrate, such as dental chews, which also keep pets' teeth clean and their breath scare-free.

Keep them safe. If you plan to take your dog around the neighborhood in the evening, make sure they're properly outfitted. Reflective leashes, collars and ID tags with flashing lights are essential accessories for any pet Halloween costume.

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Barboursville Park, from noon to 5 p.m. Events will include: A cancer survivor walk, dog show, pinked-out pooch parade, demostrations, live music, Halloween costume contest, great american pumpkin hunt and a coloring contest for the kids. Vendors, concessions, and animals to adopt on site; early registration fees for the dog show $7 first dog and $5 thereafter. Registration day of show will be $10 first dog entry and $5 thereafter; registration for the Halloween costume contest will be a $1 donation; all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more info, call (304) 972-2632 .



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