TO THE EDITOR:
Halloween is just around the corner. While we are all gearing up for some spooktacular fun, it is important to keep our four-legged friends safe.
Pets may not be trick-or-treating, but they can still get into some ghoulishly scary trouble during the festivities. If you dress up your pet, avoid costumes with small parts that can be chewed off or swallowed. Make sure the costume fits properly and does not interfere with their walking or breathing.
If your pet is thrown off by humans in scary costumes, make sure they have a safe, quiet space to retreat to. And as children bring home their sweet stash, remember that candy--especially products containing the artificial sweetener xylitol--can be toxic to animals. So, treat them to some pet-friendly Halloween goodies instead.
This Halloween, make sure your pet has a howling good time. It only takes a little planning to ensure they can safely enjoy the night.
Dr. Robin Ganzert