Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents
Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet safe.
- No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
- Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets that nibble on them.
- Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
- A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.
- Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets that prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
- If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au natural or donning a festive bandana.
- Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
- All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
- When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside.
- IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.
Featured Dog Millie
Approx 6 months old. found as a stray with another dog probably her mother. She is shy but coming out of her shell and learning to play with toys and walk on a leash. She will need all basic training and house-training. Millie would do best in a home with no other pets.
She loves people, playing with toys and is enjoys going for walks
Other available dogs
Millie- Young German shepherd. Loves people and going for walks. Not a fan of other dogs
Tillie- German shepherd Shy but super friendly. Loves going for walks Calm girl
Toby- German shepherd High energy will play ball for hours. Experienced owner
Featured cat- Pye
She is a calm and quiet lady that asks for very little in life. Pye is very easy going and will never pass up a nice chin rub or scratch behind the ears. Once you start giving this pretty girl attention, she will rub and head butt you asking for more. She would love to share her new home with respectful people of all ages. If you are looking for the purr-fect gentleman Pye may be just the one for you. She prefers to be an only pet and would prefer a quiet home where she will be allowed to adjust at her own pace. She is sweet, comes when called, likes to be carried like a baby and sure to be a wonderful friend.
Other available cats
Samantha- Super friendly and loving. Comes when called. No other pets in home please
Nitelite – Shy girl. Loves attention but has tendency to hide.
Naveah- Friendly and outgoing Loves attention