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Halloween can be exciting for people but can also be an extremely frightening and scary time for out pets.

Here are our top tips for minimising stress and keeping pets safe.

Keep chocolate and sweeties out of reach!

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine and sugar free sweets can contain ingredients such as Xylitol, both of which can be poisonous to dogs.

Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Trick or Treaters will probably be knocking on your door quite frequently and will include excitable kids in costumes and your door will be constantly opening and closing. This can be very scary for pets so ensure that they are contained in a safe, quiet room.

Consider walking your dog at a different time.

Consider changing the time of your dog's walk on Halloween to make it a bit earlier to avoid the rush of trick or treaters and don't leave pets out in the garden unattended on Halloween.

Keep Halloween pumpkins out of reach.

Pumpkins can be hazardous to dogs, especially if they have lit candles inside. An excited or scared pet could knock them over and burn themselves and even causing fires.

Ditch the pet costume.

For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. We recommend that you don’t dress your pet in costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.

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