DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Halloween can be a very scary time of the year for people and for pets. The Humane Society of Greater Dayton recommends taking some common sense precautions to keep you and your family pets safe this Halloween season.
Trick or Treat is for people, not pets. As much as your dog or cat may beg for some Halloween candy, always remember that chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs and cats! If you think that your pet has ingested any candy, please call your veterinarian; or the Care Center (937-428-0911); or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
- Holiday decorations such as carved pumpkins, electrical cords, plants, decorative corn, etc. should be kept away from your pets.
- Don't leave any lighted candles or Jack-O-Lanterns out where they could be knocked over by a swinging tail or by a curious cat. Not only could your pet start a fire but they could severely burn themselves in the process.
- Some pets really don't seem to mind being dressed up in a costume while others find it very stressful. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume unless you are certain that they can tolerate it. Also, please make sure that a costume is safe and does not constrict your pet's movement or their ability to breathe freely.
- Pets can be scared by children and adults in a costume. In addition, the frequent opening and closing of your front door to give out treats is an opportunity for your family pet to get out. Be cautions when opening and closing the door for "trick or treaters"! Dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room where they are not exposed to strangers and scary costumes.
- If you are having an indoor party, make sure that you put your dog or cat in a room where they won't be disturbed. Even if your pet is "really friendly" and typically doesn't mind loud noises, music and lots of people, you should keep them separate for the night.
- Please make sure that ALL of your pets have an ID tag in case they get out! A collar, ID tags and a microchip can save your pets life, and will dramatically increase the chances that he or she will be returned to you quickly.
"These tips are simple, effective ways to ensure your pet stays safe and healthy during Halloween," said Brian Weltge, President & CEO, Humane Society of Greater Dayton. "We always encourage pet owners to follow these guidelines so that Halloween is great family experience for your two-legged and four-legged family members.
For additional safety tips, please contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937/268-PETS or visit us online at www.hsdayton.org .
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