Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween is not Tucker, Lucy or Jeffie's favorite holiday.  In fact, they find it pretty scarey.  All those loud, strange looking folks ringng the doorbell, plus all that tempting sweet stuff to try and snatch.

The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep pets from gettng spooked on Halloween.  The best place for pets on this occasion is a safe, quiet spot, well out of the way of the activities, says The HSUS.  To help people keep pets safe and happy on Halloween, The HSUS recommends taking the following precautions:

* Keep pets safely inside; away from trick-or-treaters and other Halloween activities.

* Cats, black ones in particular, often fall victim to pranksters. Keep cats safely indoors. Visit: for more information.

* Make certain that all pets are wearing collars with ID tags. Frequently open doors provide perfect opportunities for escape, despite an owner's best efforts.

* Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Candy can be harmful to pets and chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets.

* Decorations should be kept away from pets. Candle flames can potentially set fire to a pet's fur. Dangling decorations should be kept in high places to avoid pet entanglement, choking and other potentially life-threatening hazards.

* The only costume most pets want to wear is their own furry birthday suit. Costumes and masks can increase their risk of injury by causing them to feel confined and restricting movement.

* If trick-or-treating is the name of your game, 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.
Let's have a fun and safe Halloween!

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