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Enjoying a Safe Halloween with Your Pup

December 31, 1969

Halloween is one spooky holiday.

But did you know that there are even more dangers than most people think about? In this case, we're talking about man's best friend.
On All Hallow's Eve, our pups are going to be a little bit spooked out, too. Doors are going to be knocked and door bells are going to be rung. Spot might not be used to all of the commotion and might get a little riled up.

Our Costa Mesa injury attorneys are here to help you to ease the animals on this scary holiday. We're here with some beneficial safety tips from the ASPCA to help to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1st.

Safety Tips for Pet Parents:

-Keep an eye on your pup and the candy. Chocolate in any form can be extremely dangerous for animals. Candies that have artificial sweeteners can also cause some serious problems. Keep an eye on what your pup is snacking on.

-Don't let your pup greet the trick-or-treaters. When opening the door, make sure they're not around to dart out. It's best to keep them locked away from the front door.

-You want to keep them away from the front door not only in fear of them getting out but also because too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Don't overwhelm them with the ghost and goblins of the neighborhood.

-If you're putting a costume on your pet, examine it carefully. Make sure that there are no pieces that are hanging lose and can easily be chewed on. You also want to make sure that the costume isn't too tight.

-If you're taking your pup on your trick-or-treating adventures, make sure that they're on a leash. Don't let them come into contact with too many strangers and keep a firm hold on the leash. You're going to want to keep them away from small children, so make sure that your leash is short, too.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 5 million people who are bite by a dog in the U.S. each and every year. Of these accidents, close to 1 million people wind up getting medical attention. What's even worse is that there are close to 400,000 people who are forced to get reconstructive surgery because of these injuries.

Dog bites are a largely preventable public health problem, and adults and children can learn to reduce their chances of being bitten.

Make sure that you talk with your child about the dangers of dogs before heading out trick-or-treating. Make sure that they know not to approach dogs that they don't know. When they do know a dog, it's still important that they let them sniff their hand before petting them. Report any dogs that are out wandering unsupervised. Don't approach them on your own. Allow a professional.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite accident, contact HOWARD LAW PC for a confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-872-5925.

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