Hints From Heloise: Halloween and pets

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By Hints From Heloise
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dear Readers:

Some pet owners enjoy dressing their pets in funny costumes for Halloween, but your pets should feel safe and happy on this night. Here are a few hints from our friends at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (http://www.aspca.org) and from the Heloise Files for a safe Halloween for all pets:

-- If your dog or cat does don a costume, make sure that it fits well, or dress it in a black-and-orange bandana or bow.

-- The constant ringing of the doorbell, strange people showing up and unusual noises can be stressful for your pets. Be sure that all inside animals are comfortably contained in another part of the house so they don't run out. Make sure they are properly tagged and microchipped with identification in case they do get out.

-- Candy is terrible for animals -- especially chocolate, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Treats for your pets on this night? Carrot pieces, apple slices or their favorite biscuits. Keep candy wrappers picked up, too; dogs may be attracted to the scent and ingest them, which can lead to blockage.

-- If you decorate for Halloween, keep electric cords up and away from pets so they don't chew on them or cause a tripping hazard.

Have a great and fun Halloween, and keep your pets safe, on this night and every night!

Dear Heloise:

To make "pumpkin" pancakes for Halloween, drop some red and yellow food coloring into the batter and mix. Pour the pancakes, and when they are done, they will look like sweet pumpkins.

A Reader, via fax

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