Thought for the day – Halloween

 

Today as I walked our dogs; you can feel & see the excitement all around us as our neighbors made final preparations for Halloween. There was a couple of times the dogs saw an excited child in a costume coming home from a party that they just were not too sure of what they were seeing. Keeping calm & reassuring them ensured it to be a safe positive event.
It also got me to thinking of sharing a few tips (thanks to the ASPCA) to keep in mind on how we all could have a safe & fun time this Halloween

1. Don’t leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night. Sadly there is many a black cat that are victimized this time of year.

2. If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct their vision. Even the sweetest dogs & cats can get snappy or defensive when they can’t see what’s going on around them.

3. Lock candy away. Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s sense of smell will lead them to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact your Vet right away if your pet does get into the Halloween candy especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar free as that contains xylitol.

4. Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.

5. All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog. Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through the open door.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

I hope these are some helpful tips for everyone. Have a booful good time!!

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