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It’s all fun and games until feline Yoda chews the glow stick

21759662-300x283It’s fun to dress your pet in a costume-you probably have posted a picture of your own darling pet on the internet.

However, be aware Halloween is not every pet’s favorite holiday. Let’s get real: A pet’s favorite holiday is any observance where no one comes to the door, dresses up—dresses them up—or shoots off fireworks.

According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), this is what we know about the complicated relationship between pets and Halloween:

* During the Halloween season, emergency calls to the Pet Poison Helpline increase 12 percent, making October the busiest time of the year.

* Halloween is the second-most-common holiday for pets to wander off (the Fourth of July is the first) and become separated from their families.

* Pet owners love dressing up their pets—they spend more than $370 million annually.

* Halloween-related illness and injury cost more than a Yoda costume. The top claims by VPI policyholders include ingestion of costume parts, raisins, chocolate and xylitol, plus upset stomach and diarrhea.

As Halloween nears, make sure your Halloween haunt is pet safe. If you are dressing up your dog or cat get the correct size. Poorly fitting costumes can constrict pets and lead to panic and injury. Those with ribbon, strings, or dangling objects can lead to choking or strangulation.

This can be a noisy night so protect scared pets with a safe, quiet place to get away from it all. This is a good time to make sure your pet’s identification is up to date. Is there a current ID tag on the collar? Has your cat been microchipped and did you submit the information? As stated above this is a common time for pets to get lost as they try to escape from all the activity.

If you are using real candles keep them a safe distance from pets. Candle burns are a common injury seen this time of year.

Glow sticks are something cats seem to love to chew on. Over the past year, 70% of Pet Poison Hotline’s calls relating to glow sticks and jewelry involved cats. In addition to the choking hazard, the contents of glow sticks can cause pain and irritation in the mouth.

Now that your haunt is safe, go out there and have a fun Halloween weekend. If you happen to have a great picture of your favorite feline friend dressed for the occasion join us on Facebook and share it with us!

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