No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 5 Safety Tips for Pet Parents
Attention, animal lovers, the ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet(s) safe.
1) 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. 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.
2) 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 doesn’t mind. For pets who prefer their “birthday suits”, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.
3) A carved pumpking 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.
4) When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn’t dart outside; best to lock them in a bedroom or bathroom for safe keeping on Halloween night.
5) 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/or microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she be returned to you.
HaPpY HaLlOwEeN from our house, and pets, to yours!!!