Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tips to Keep Pets Safe on Halloween

That spooky night when little fairy princesses and mini pirates holler for suckers and gummy bears can be scary and even dangerous for Fluffy and Fido.

Here are six tips to help keep your pets safe this Halloween:
  1. Keep cats indoors: Cats allowed to go outside may become the target of people who want to hurt them. Keep cats inside where it's safe.
    Lit pumpkins and electrical cords can be a hazard for your
    feline friends and pooch pals.
  2. Don't take the family dog along when you're trick-or-treating: Even friendly dogs can get spooked on Halloween and there's a risk your dog could run off and get lost. Leave your dog at home.
  3. Use decorations with caution: Keep your pets away from lit pumpkins and electrical cords to avoid shocks and burns.
  4. Keep candy out of your pet's reach: Chocolate can be poisonous to many animals including dogs, cats and ferrets. And don't forget about wrappers - they can cause your pet to choke.
  5. Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know he/she enjoys it: Some costumes can cause stress and injury to pets, making it tough to move, hear, breathe, bark or see. Never leave costumed pets unattended.
  6. Make sure your pets are properly identified: In case your pet runs outside, make sure he or she has a collar, tag and microchip so they'll increase their chances of being returned home. It's a good idea to keep pets in a separate room of the house so they can't slip out.
Remember, if you see an animal in immediate distress or danger at Halloween or any time of the year, please contact the OHS emergency line at 613-725-1532.

Natalie Pona 
Manager: Communications

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