WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A video featuring Lorraine Corriveau, a primary care clinician at the Veterinary Hospital in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, has been uploaded. In this video, she explains how to take care of your pets on Halloween. This video can be found at https://newsroom.ap.org/editorial-photos-videos/detail?itemid=4b2b56fe94c74dde846b6089ac422466. All videos in the Campus Insights series are free for download and use by all AP members and can be found at https://newsroom.ap.org or by doing a general search on the Associated Press site. AP members may use the video or pull quotes for print articles, broadcasts or podcasts.
Lorraine Corriveau is a primary care clinician at the Veterinary Hospital in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine. In this video, she explains how to take care of your pets on Halloween. When considering whether to dress your pet in a costume, Corriveau advises making sure the costume is comfortable and does not constrict the pet’s movement or vision. Pet owners should also avoid dressing their animal in costumes with rubber bands or chewable pieces. If the pet is not happy in their costume, Corriveau says it may be best to let the pet enjoy Halloween without the festive apparel. Because people are dressed up and may look different even though the pet knows them, not every animal should go out trick-or-treating. If they do go, Corriveau recommends having a reflective tag or even microchip identification for the pet. She also suggests having a plan in case pets do get lost or run out the door during trick-or-treating. Pets should have a safe room at home, as the ringing of doorbells and knocking on doors may be too much stress for some animals. Keeping your pet in a closed room with treats and toys will also keep them away from potentially toxic candy or decorations, according to the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.
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