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Is your pet's Halloween costume safe?

Make sure you take steps to keep your pet safe this Halloween. (Source: Teresa Spivey) Make sure you take steps to keep your pet safe this Halloween. (Source: Teresa Spivey)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Halloween can be a scary time for your pet.

There are added dangers for your furry friend with the holiday.

You’ll want to take precautions to make sure that they are safe.

According to the National Retail Federation, 16 percent of consumers are planning to dress up their pets.

Dr. Josh Hower with the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association advises that you only put pet-friendly costumes. Restricting and uncomfortable material is not safe for your pet to wear. He also said to avoid costumes with strings for cats, because they can eat the strings, which can result in a trip to the hospital.

Hower also warned that you keep your pets away from candy, as much of it can be toxic to pets.

More tips:

  • Keep your pets away from loud noises and trick-or-treaters to decrease anxiety.
  • Make sure your pets are microchipped or are wearing identification in case they get loose during festivities.
  • Be sure to keep pets away from lit candles, jack-o-lanterns, and other potentially harmful decorations.

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