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4 Ways To Keep Your Pet Safe During Halloween - By Gail Kasper

Gail Kasper is an Author, Television Host, Certified Fitness Trainer, and Motivational Speaker.


I love the idea of Halloween and getting the chance to pretend to be something different and unique, but it's so important to make sure the fun activities are safe for everyone, even your pets. If you have a pet, it's a good time to take a few extra precautions. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), our pets can be at risk.


Here are a few things to keep in mind:


1. Keep pets indoors. Kids who choose to be mischievous while in costume might not only scare your pet, they may torment them. Don't leave your pets outside.  


Also, keep in mind that there are some people who will adopt a cat during Halloween for the sole purpose of having a live decoration. Many of these cats will then be abandoned. Many shelters, now aware of this situation, refuse to allow adoptions until after Halloween. Adoption should be taken very seriously.


2. Keep pets away from candy: Chocolate contains theobromine that is toxic to dogs in particular quantities; hence it can kill a dog. Keep all candy out of the reach of Fido.


3. Be careful with candles:  Fall months are an opportune time to hollow a pumpkin and light a candle, but a pet could easily knock over the pumpkin, starting a fire. Keep all candles out of the reach of children and pets. An entire home can be engulfed in flames in about 10 minutes.


4. Be careful when opening the door: You may love to see the neighborhood children dressed in their favorite costumes, but remember when you open the door, your pet may escape. It will be dark and it can be difficult to find them. Please keep your pet in a secluded area if you plan to open the door. Gail's pick: Put some candy in a basket outside your home with a note for passers by to help themselves. This will decrease stress and tension for your pets as well as keep them safe inside your home.


About Gail Kasper: 

Mid-1998, Gail Kasper started her business from a  small one-bedroom apartment, with no money and no clients. Today, Gail  is the host of the late-night television show Raw Reality, one of the  nation's leading speakers, author, Top 1% Club Mentor, advice  columnist, Certified Fitness Trainer, Ms. Continental America 2008,  and the creator of SAD-T™ (Systematic Attitude Development- Technique™). A former Contributing Editor to Success Magazine with the  "Ask Gail" column and host of the "Ask Gail" segment on the Comcast  morning show, Gail is the author of her self-help autobiography  Another Day Without A Cage: My Breakthrough From Self-Imprisonment To Total Empowerment and the self-help parable Unstoppable: 6 Easy Steps  To Achieve Your Goals. With national media appearances that include  Inside Edition, The Today Show, FOX Business News, and Oprah and  Friends, Gail has earned the ranking of an in-demand national media  personality who has been the topic of discussion on Regis and Kelly.  Also, the current host of the Philadelphia Visitors Channel, she has  also made numerous appearances on network affiliates that include ABC,  FOX, CW11, Comcast, and CBS, where she co-hosted the Emmy award- winning America's TVJobNetwork.


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