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Dress your pet for Halloween!

By Melanie Falcon, Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 24 2012 11:42:56 AM CDT

Dress your pet for Halloween

MACUNGIE, Pa. -

Halloween is coming up soon and while it can be a fun time for kids, it can also be a stressful time for pets.

Dr. Nancy Soares, veterinarian and owner of Macungie Animal Hospital, says one of the most important things for pets is to make sure they don't get into any Halloween treats. Chocolate and artificial sweetener xylitol can be deadly to pets.

Animals should avoid ingesting things like pumpkins and decorative plants. Chrysanthemums can be poisonous. Also, be careful with cords and lights on decorations as those could pose a threat if tripped over or nibbled. If you have a candle in a pumpkin, it could easily be tipped over, or curiosity could get the best of your dog or cat.

If you're expecting trick-or-treaters, it's often best to keep pets away from the door, even in a separate room with music or the TV on to drown out noises from neighborhood kids or the doorbell. Even the most social pet could get scared with all the commotion, or trick-or-treaters could be scared of your pet.

Make sure your pet has ID tags on just in case they do bolt out the door.

Dressing up your pets for Halloween can be a super fun idea (see attached video!) but there are some things to keep in mind:

Make sure the costume doesn't restrict your pet's movement or ability to breathe, bark, or meow. Also, make sure there aren't any small pieces dangling off that your pet could chew off or swallow.

Follow these tips for a Happy Howl-oween!!

If your pet likes to dress up, Macungie Animal Hospital is having a costume contest Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public, plus your pooch or kitty could win a prize!