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Prepare your pet for Halloween festivities, says SPCA

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The Renfrew County SPCA says with Halloween just around the corner, it is important to make sure your pet is comfortable when it happens.

With trick-or-treaters potentially coming to your door, first-time caregivers or owners of newly adopted pets may be unsure of how to handle the decorations, costumes and noise that comes with the special occasion. The SPCA says following a few tips will help these new pet owners create a safe environment for everyone.

Among the tips is to unplug any doorbell you may have. With the doorbell potentially ringing constantly, this could cause uneasiness in your pet, and make them overprotective. They also suggest creating a pet zone, where owners can give their animals a safe spot where they can de-stress. This zone can include the animal’s favourite toys and treats.

If you are going to dress up for the occasion, The SPCA suggests wearing your Halloween costume beforehand so that the pet can get used to it before the big day. They remind owners that not all animals like wearing costumes themselves, and if you want to dress them up for the day, make sure the costume isn’t too tight or restricting. They also ask owners to look for the signs of their pet being uncomfortable, like dropping head and tail and attempting to remove the costume.

Finally, for those going door-to-door for trick-or-treating, the SPCA wants owners to consider leaving pets at home to make sure they are comfortable and safe. However, if owners do want to bring them along, make sure they are leashed and wear reflective gear. Give other trick-or-treaters lots of space, and make sure they do not get into candy bags to avoid toxic things like chocolate or raisins.

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