Keep pets safely inside away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities. Most cats and dogs are not prepared to see Darth Vadar at the door.
Cats – black ones in particular – often fall victim to pranksters. Keep cats safely indoors. This is a good idea all year around but especially during Halloween.
Make certain that all pets are wearing collars with ID tags and are micro-chipped with up to date information. Frequently opened doors provide perfect opportunities for escape, despite an owner’s best efforts. This too is a good plan year around but highly important on Halloween.
Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets. Often the wrappers themselves are very inviting and dangerous to our pets. Cats and kittens can’t resist the shiny crackle wrappers.
Decorations should be kept away from pets. Candle flames can potentially set fire to a pet’s fur or they may knock them down endangering the entire family. Dangling decorations should be kept in high places to avoid pet entanglement, choking and other potentially life-threatening hazards.
If trick-or-treating is the name of your game – know your dog well or leave the family dog at home. Dogs can be difficult to control amidst all the commotion. A lost pet or dog bite will quickly end your Halloween fun.
Use fake cobwebs sparingly outdoors on your trees and bushes. These may adversely affect both pets and wildlife. Small birds are especially vulnerable and can easily become entangled in the webbing.
Last but not least, if you allow your pet to celebrate with a costume of his/her own be sure to make sure it is safe. Do not choose a costume that cuts, binds, or entangles. Never leave a pet unsupervised while still wearing a costume. Be sure to post pictures to our facebook page.
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