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Oct 20, 2016 2:10 PM

Keep your pets safe this Halloween with these 5 safety tips

Halloween is fast approaching, which can be a spooky experience for your pets.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has offered the following tips on what pet owners can do to make Halloween safer for their furry friends:

- Don't feed your pets Halloween candy, no matter how much they beg. Especially refrain from giving them anything that contains chocolate or xylitol, a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum.

- Use your best judgement as to whether or not to allow your pet to tag alongside you when you answer the door for trick-or-treaters. Make sure your pet can't escape out the door.

- Keep your pet inside. However, if you are considering taking your pet with you when you go trick-or-treating, make sure they are on a leash and do not eat any fallen candy on the ground.

- Keep Halloween decorations, such as lit candles, jack-o-lanterns, glow sticks and glow jewelry, out of pets' reach.

- If you dress up your pet, make sure their costume doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth or moving. Also make sure that pieces can not be chewed off of the costume.

For more advice on ensuring your pet's health and safety this Halloween, click here.

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