Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Join the spook-tacular fun at the OHS on Sunday, Oct. 27!
While Halloween can be frighteningly fun for families, the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is reminding pet owners that this holiday may be too scary and potentially dangerous for your pet. The OHS recommends taking these precautions to help keep pets safe this Halloween:

Keep candy out of your pet's reach. Chocolate can be toxic to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs and may lead to loss of co-ordination and seizures. Make sure not to leave candy wrappers on the ground; if ingested, they can become obstructions in your pet’s digestive system and can cause severe complications.

Keep pets safely indoors while trick-or-treating. Dogs can become easily excited and difficult to handle during the noise and commotion of the festivities. If they get loose, they may dart into traffic or become lost. It's best to keep pets indoors in a separate room of the house so they don't slip out when the door is opened. It's especially important to keep black cats indoors during the period around the holiday, as they may be the target of pranksters.

Make sure your pets are properly identified. In the event of an accidental escape, a collar, tag and microchip are your best bet your animal will make it home. Frequently-opened doors provide a great opportunity for animals, especially cats, to run out of the house unnoticed.

Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he enjoys it. A costume can cause stress and injury to pets if it restricts their movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or see. Small dangling pieces may be chewed off and cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Never leave your costumed pets unsupervised. 

Use decorations with caution. Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.

If you observe an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time, please contact the OHS emergency services at 613-725-1532.

For some spook-tacular Halloween fun, don't forget to stop by the OHS, located at 245 West hunt Club Rd. on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  for a howl of a good time at our Howl-o-ween open house with special fun and activities for kids! For more information, please visit our website at

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