MEDFORD, Ore. -- Halloween is just around the corner and some tricks and treats can be overwhelming and hazardous for pets. That's why we're sharing some helpful tips from from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
First tip, stash the treats. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark chocolate, can be dangerous for cats and dogs. Sugar-free candies or gum containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be life threatening for pets.
Watch the decorations! Certain decorations could injure your animals so keep wires out of reach - especially from those curious kitties!
Be careful with costumes. Make sure pet costumes fit properly and are comfortable. Check to make sure parts of the costume can't be chewed off and that the costume doesn't interfere with sight, hearing, breathing, eating or moving.
Keep pets calm and easily identifiable. Strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets, so keep a close eye on them while trick-or-treaters are nearby. You can also help ensure your pets safety by making sure they are properly tagged or micro-chipped.