Halloween Safety for Your Pets

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Yes, it’s that time of year again when ghouls and ghosts and goblins galore will be roaming the streets looking for their tricks or treats.

They’ll run and scream and ring many bells, while filling their bags with handfuls of sweets.

It’s a time for food, family, and fun and maybe some pranks by some naughty ones.

In your night of scary Halloween fun don’t forget these pet safety tips for your furry ones.

  • Pets can become stressed and frightened by the constant noise of ringing doorbells and loud voices, along with being spooked by the costumes worn by trick or treaters. Some animals can become aggressive or try to run out the door. Put your pet in a quiet, safe area away from the noise and constant flow of people.
  • Candy is a definite NO, NO. Chocolate is toxic and can lead to vomiting, diarrhea and even death. The artificial sweetener xylitol used in many sugar-free candies can cause life-threatening problems. Lollipop sticks, wrappers, and plastic pieces can cause intestinal obstructions, which can also be life threatening.
  • Alcohol is poisonous to pets and can cause death. If you’re having a party with adult beverages, keep all alcoholic beverages away from your pets. They are happy with a bowl of water.
  • Decorations are festive, but also pose a threat. Pets can chew through light cords causing shocks, burns and cuts. Candles can be knocked over by wagging tails or cause burns to curious pets.
  • Keep your pets indoors and away from any possible harm from Halloween pranksters.
  • Make sure your pet has an ID on its collar and is microchipped in case it gets frightened and runs away.
  • Putting your pet in a costume may be fun for you, but not necessarily for your pet. Some pets get stressed, so check to see if it really enjoys being in the outfit first. Always supervise your costumed pet to make sure it doesn’t chew on the costume and ingest any part of it, which could cause an intestinal obstruction. The costume should allow your pet to move, breathe, and bark or meow. Check for anything hanging or dangling off the costume that can catch on a fence, bush or tree should your pet escape.

VVAPL Humane Society wishes you a howling good Halloween time!!

VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley. For information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.

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