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Halloween can be a great time to have fun with your pets. If you’re thinking about dressing them up, then you should consider a few things before getting them a costume. First, you want to make sure your pet is comfortable in whatever it is they will be wearing. Some dogs don’t like the feeling of having clothes on them and it can stress them out. If your dog doesn’t move, has its tail in-between its legs or is panting, then most likely it’s stressed, and you should take the costume off. Some dogs, on the other hand, don’t mind having a costume on – they even enjoy it. Also, you want to make sure you get the right size costume for your pet. They should be able to walk and move comfortably in it. The costume shouldn’t interfere with their breathing, sight, and hearing. You also want to be sure the costume isn’t so hot and heavy that it overheats them.

Another thing to keep in mind is your pet’s safety. If you’re going to be home with them, then you should try and keep them in a quiet room to prevent them from getting scared or stressed from all the trick-or-treaters coming to your door. If you’re having a Halloween party, it’s a good idea to keep your pet away from the activity so they will stay safe. If you’re taking your pet out trick-or-treating with you, be sure to have them on a leash. And they should always be wearing a collar with ID, so they can be identified, should they get lost.

Eating candy can make your dog very sick, so it’s important to keep it out of their reach. You also want to make sure that your pet doesn’t eat the candy wrappers that can fall on the floor because it can be very dangerous to their health. If you think your dog ate any type of candy or wrapper, you should take them to the vet to be looked at. Halloween can be lots of fun for you and your pet, as long as you keep their safety in mind.

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have a spooktacular good time!

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Victoria’s mom, Sue, went past her due date, so she walked the neighborhood (with Victoria’s brother John & sister Monica) on Halloween hoping to induce the pregnancy. Victoria was born the next day on November 1 🙂

Victoria’s Fun Facts and Tips:
• This is a great time to visit your local shelter to adopt your new best friend – just in-time for the holidays.
• When picking a costume, you should choose a simple one that won’t overwhelm your pet.
• Keep all electrical wires and candles out of reach.
• Keeping your dog or cat indoors on Halloween prevents them from running away, getting lost or being injured.
• Many pet stores have a large variety of costumes for all pets from guinea pigs to dogs.
• Avoid costumes with beads, button, strings, or anything your pet could chew off.
• Decorations that make loud noises or have flashing lights may scare or stress your pet.
• Take lots of pictures and share them on Long Island Pet Lover’s Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/LongIslandPetLover.

Written by Victoria Bonavita

For more information on me, please visit www.VictoriasAmazingWorld.comAnd if you’d like me to visit your school or library for one of my animal education programs, please contact me at victoriasamazingworld@yahoo.com

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