TIPS FOR PET PARENTS
(Excerpt from the American Society for the Prevention to Cruelty
of Animals Newsletter)
The ASPCA offers
these common-sense cautions to keep your pets safe and sound
during this time of the year:
- All but the most
social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room during
peak trick-or-treat visiting hours. Too many strangers in unusual
garb can be scary and stressful for pets.
- When opening the
door for trick-or-treaters, take care that Max or Mittens doesn't
dart outside. Make sure all your pets are wearing current identification,
just in case.
- No tricks or treats:
Keep all Halloween candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can
be poisonous to animals, and tinfoil and cellophane candy wrappers
can be hazardous if swallowed.
- It's not a bright
idea to keep lit pumpkins around companion animals. Pets can
knock them over, and curious kittens especially run the risk
of being burned.
- Don't leave your
pet in the yard on Halloween. There have been reports of vicious
pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen and even killed pets
on this night.
- Although the ASPCA
recommends that cats remain indoors at all times, it is especially
important to keep your feline inside for several days before
and after Halloween. Black cats in particular may be at risk
from children's pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. As
a safety precaution, many shelters will not adopt out black cats
- Don't dress up
your dog or cat unless you know he or she loves it. If you decide
to do so, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe, and
doesn't restrict her movement, vision, hearing or ability to
breathe or bark. Avoid costumes with small or dangling accessories
that she could chew off and possibly choke on. Make sure an adult
supervises pets in costume at all times.
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