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Six tips to make Halloween a treat for pets

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Avoid dressing up your pets, unless you know for certain that they love it. Costumes should not restrict an animals movement or hearing, or obscure vision.

Halloween can be a scary time for pets. Here are six tips from the Oregon Humane Society to help you keep your dogs and cats safe during the season of ghosts and goblins:

1. Halloween candy is for people, not pets. Chocolate can be toxic for dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

2. The sights and sounds of party guests or trick-or-treaters can be stressful to animals. Reduce pet stress by keeping dogs and cats in a closed room away from the front door of the house. Keeping pets in a separate room also prevents them from escaping through an open door.

3. Remember IDs. If a pet does escape, a collar and tag and/or ID microchip is essential for finding your beloved fluffball.

4. Costumes are for humans: Avoid dressing up your pets. Costumes should not restrict an animal’s movement or hearing, or limit vision.

5. Cats, especially black ones, should be kept inside all night long because of poor visibility and increased automobile traffic.

6. Keep seasonal decorations (such as fake cobwebs) high enough off of the floor, so your pet won’t eat them or get entangled in them.