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Keep Fido Safe this Halloween

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

In order to keep every member of your family safe this Halloween, including Fido or Fluffy, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers the following tips:
• No tricks, no treats – chocolate in all forms is dangerous for dogs. Some popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins can also upset your pet's digestive tract. If your pet ingests a potentially dangerous substance, call your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control at 888-426-4435.
• Keep wires, electrical cords, and other decorations out of reach of your pets.
• If you choose to add a candle to your carved pumpkin, keep curious kittens from getting singed or burned.
• Make sure your pet's costume isn't an- noying or unsafe. Make sure there are not obstructions or potential choking items.
• IDs please! Always make sure your pet has proper identification. If for any reason you lose your pet, a collar, tags, and/or microchip help ensure his safe return home.

For more safety tips, visit www.aspca.org.

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