Sweets and Sheets are NOT Good for FIDO on Halloween
October 30, 2013 • Health & Wellness
Scary costumes, parties, candy, and booze might make Halloween fun for people, but they can make October 31st the most frightening night of the year for pets. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is reminding owners to keep their pets (and themselves) safe by following a few simple guidelines.
“It’s creepy for pets when the doorbell rings,” says RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “Multiply that by 10, 20, or 100 times on Halloween and it can be gruesome. Excited children in masks shout ‘Trick or Treat,’ then we give them candy, close the door, and wait anxiously for the next group. That makes no sense to pets, especially if their job is to protect the house.”
Winfrey says pets should have a safe place where they can escape the noise and commotion, where they can’t “door dash,” and they can’t nip at a trick or treater if they feel threatened.
“It’s not a good idea to take your dog along trick or treating,” adds Winfrey. “But if you insist, make sure that there’s an adult holding the leash. Don’t take your dog up to the door. And make sure it’s wearing a reflective leash, collar or vest that can be easily seen by drivers.”
Winfrey offers these suggestions about people who put costumes on their pets:
* Wrapping your pet in a sheet is not a costume. It’s a strait jacket.
* Make sure the costume fits the pet and it doesn’t obstruct vision.
* DO NOT force a pet to wear a costume if it doesn’t want to.
Safety tips in your home can also help you avoid a trip to the emergency veterinary clinic on Halloween night or during the following days:
* Make sure your pets cannot get to the candy. Pets don’t unwrap candy. They eat
it in the wrapper. That can cause blockages and also damage internal organs.
* Use pet safe materials for Halloween decorations
* No alcohol for pets…EVER!
Are black cats at greater risk on Halloween? Winfrey says, “Black cats aren’t at any greater risk on Halloween than any other day. At the same time, any pet of any color that is outdoors on Halloween night is at risk. Between the costumes, the noise, and the traffic, it doesn’t take much for a frightened pet to run in front of a car or get lost.”
For more information about pet safety throughout the year visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org .