|Keeping your pets safe at Halloween|
The New Brunswick Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NBSPCA) knows Halloween is a fun time to dress up and indulge in candy and games. Many of us enjoy sharing the holiday excitement with our pets. The Society offers a few easy ways to help you and your animals enjoy the haunting season safely.
1. No treats for Fido. Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if eaten. No matter how much they beg, don't share your candy haul with your pets. Treat them with an extra biscuit or two instead to avoid poisoning or upset stomachs.
2. Take care with candles. Make sure your pets can't knock over burning candles you use in your Halloween decorations or jack-o-lanterns. The flames or hot wax can cause burns and may even lead to a larger structure or grass fire. Flashlights and LEDs are a great alternative for spooking up your house.
3. Dress without stress. If your cat doesn't mind donning a costume for the occasion, make sure it's safe. That means no small dangling pieces that they can chew or choke on. Just like people, they need to be able to breathe comfortably, see and hear clearly, and be able to move safely, without tripping. Also, it's best to avoid using make-up to prevent a pet licking it off and getting sick.
4. Get unplugged. With all the extra power cords that come with Halloween decorations, make sure your pet can't chew them. This will prevent a nasty electric shock for your animal, and avoid a fire hazard from frayed or exposed wires. Cover cords with pipe or generally put them out of your pets' reach.
5. A place of their own. The excitement and disrupted schedules holidays bring make animals nervous. Your normally quiet pet may act differently, especially with lots of extra people dropping by. Both you and they will be happier and safer if they can relax in a quiet corner of the house with their bed and a few favourite toys when trick-or-treaters come to call.
These quick precautions can make Halloween a treat for all members of your family, no tricks. Visit www.spca-nb.ca for more great information on caring for your pets all year round. Happy Halloween!