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Keep Halloween safe and happy for dogs this year

Halloween can be a great time for humans, but it's not always fun for dogs. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, Calif., offers some great tips on how we can all make sure this Halloween is a safe and happy one for our canine companions.

“It’s creepy for pets when the doorbell rings,” says RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “Multiply that by 10, 20, or 100 times on Halloween and it can be gruesome. Excited children in masks shout ‘Trick or Treat,’ then we give them candy, close the door, and wait anxiously for the next group. That makes no sense to pets, especially if their job is to protect the house.”

Winfrey says pets should have a safe place where they can escape the noise and commotion, where they can’t “door dash,” and they can’t nip at a trick or treater if they feel threatened.
“It’s not a good idea to take your dog along trick or treating,” adds Winfrey. “But if you insist, make sure that there’s an adult holding the leash. Don’t take your dog up to the door. And make sure it’s wearing a reflective leash, collar or vest that can be easily seen by drivers.”


* DO NOT force a pet to wear a costume if it doesn’t want to.
* Make sure your pets cannot get to the candy. Pets don’t unwrap candy. They eat
it in the wrapper. That can cause blockages and also damage internal organs.
* Use pet safe materials for Halloween decorations
* No alcohol for pets…EVER!

For more information about pet safety throughout the year visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to

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