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Preventing Halloween spook for your pets

SAN DIEGO — Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups alike, but they can be seriously scary for our pets.

To keep your pets safe and healthy this Halloween, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA recommends keeping the following tips in mind.

Six tips to keep pets safe and happy this Halloween

- Stay In: Keep pets inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. To reduce stress levels, keep pets in an enclosed room with their favorite toys and with the television or radio on.

- Doorbell Damage Control: Excessive ringing of the doorbell can make some dogs bark and raise their stress level. Consider leaving a note on your door that asks trick-or-treaters to lightly knock rather than ring the doorbell.

- Keep Sweets Out of Reach: Chocolate and other ingredients can be toxic to animals, so keep it somewhere that they won’t be able to get into it. Also, be mindful of candy wrappers and foil – they can be a choking hazard to animals.

- Costumes Are Not For Everyone: Just because animals look adorable in costumes, doesn’t necessarily mean they like it! Don’t make your pet wear a costume unless you’re sure they enjoy it. A simple Halloween bandana can be a more comfortable alternative to a full costume.

- Use Caution with Halloween Decor: Keep jack-o-lanterns with flames out of reach of your pets. Or, only use flameless candles to prevent curious pets from getting burned. Also, use caution with fake cobwebs and other decorations that could be a choking hazard for your pet.

- ID Your Pet: Make sure that all of your pets are microchipped and wearing tags with a current ID. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities. If your pet does go missing, a pet ID and microchip will help ensure a quick reunion. Contact your local shelter immediately if your pet is missing (for the cities of Oceanside and Vista, the San Diego Humane Society, North Campus handles lost and found pets).

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA have been serving San Diego County since 1880, with a scope of social responsibility that goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society has campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information or to see current animals available for adoption, click HERE.