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Advisory on Protecting Animals From Halloween Hazards.

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  • rojony57
    Courtesy of PETA. http://www.peta.org/feat/halloweenadvisory/dev01/ Many youngsters dabble in devilish behavior this time of year, and often, animals are the
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      Courtesy of PETA. http://www.peta.org/feat/halloweenadvisory/dev01/

      Many youngsters dabble in devilish behavior this time of year, and
      often, animals are the targets of their pranks. But what's a "treat"
      for the kids can be a cruel trick for a dog or cat. Here are some tips
      to help keep your animals safe on this haunting holiday:

      Most importantly, keep animals inside. For cats-especially black cats,
      who have unfairly been associated with "evil forces"-the days leading
      up to Halloween can be dark, indeed, as pranksters often go on the
      prowl for roaming kitties. In fact, many animal shelters refuse to
      adopt out black cats during the entire month of October. (As a worker
      at a Detroit shelter put it, "Nobody gets a black cat during the month
      of October if they ask for one, no matter how nice they are.")

      Dogs should be kept indoors, too. Some kids think that letting dogs
      out of their yards on Halloween is a great trick, but it's a
      terrifying experience for dogs, who run from the noise and strangely
      dressed people and become lost. Dogs can also be injured when kids
      poke at them through fences or pelt them with eggs.

      Put animals in a secure room during trick-or-treat time. Cats can
      quickly slip out the front door, and dogs sometimes try to bite
      unsuspecting kids, thinking that they're intruders. For everyone's
      safety, it's best to keep animals inside a bedroom or family room,
      away from all the commotion.

      Don't take dogs on trick-or-treating trips, when most kids are more
      interested in collecting candy than watching the dog. Dogs can easily
      become frightened by the endless stream of laughing and screaming
      children and run off or bite someone.

      Keep bowls of candy out of animals' reach, and make sure that kids
      know not to share their goodies with four-legged friends. All candy
      (and wrappers!) can cause animals to become sick, and chocolate, which
      contains an ingredient poisonous to dogs, can kill. A simple cat or
      dog treat will make animals' Halloween great without making them sick.

      Keep curious noses and paws away from candles and party favors.
      Jack-o-lanterns lit up by candles are appropriately spooky, but they
      can burn animals (and children) or start fires if tipped over. The ink
      used in some brightly colored decorations, like orange streamers and
      paper pumpkins, is toxic to animals, and swallowed balloons or party
      favors can block an animal's digestive tract.

      Remember that animals aren't party props. Fido may look cute wearing a
      witch's hat, but many animals become upset if forced into clothing.
      Costumes that are kept in place with tight rubber bands can cut off
      circulation. And while some party-planners think that it's frightful
      fun to have a black cat jump out of a closet at guests, the frightened
      kitty (and guest) probably won't agree.

      By taking a few simple precautions, everyone-humans and animals
      alike-can have a safe and happy Halloween.
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