As you are hanging the decorations and lighting the jack-o-lanterns for Halloween, be sure to keep your pets safe this Halloween.
KEEP PETS INDOORS
- Confine cats and dogs to a secure room with food, water, toys, a litter box and bedding. Isolate them from the often frightening sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters.
- The continued opening/closing of the door provides an easy escape for a small pet who may get lost in all of the confusion.
- Pets may become the victims of animal cruelty; therefore, keep a close eye on pets during the Halloween season.
KEEP CANDY AWAYS FROM PETS
- Not only can candy upset your pet’s digestive system, but chocolate can be toxic and fatal and must be kept out of reach.
- Beware of candy wrappers and foil – they are a choking hazard to cats, dogs and domestic rabbits.
MAKE SURE YOUR PET HAS CURRENT I.D.
- AHS recommends a microchip, complemented by a collar and I.D. tag with a current address and telephone number. By law, dogs aged three months and older must have a currentMaricopaCountylicense.
- If your pet gets lost on Halloween, visit AHS’ Sunnyslope facility at 9226 N. 13th Ave. and both locations of Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Also, visit www.pets911.com; www.petfinder.com and www.petharbor.com.
DON‘T LET PETS ACCOMPANY KIDS ‘TRICK-OR-TREATING’
- Children may have a difficult time handling a dog, especially if they’re wearing a costume and carrying a bag of candy.
- Your dog may be frightened by costumed children or other strangers he meets on the street. He could show aggressive behavior or escape a child’s grip, run away and/or dart into traffic.
THINK TWICE ABOUT PUTTING A COSTUME ON YOUR PET
- If your pet is frightened or uncomfortable, don’t make him wear a costume. Instead, consider dressing up your pet for photos, and then promptly remove the costume.
- Be sure the costume fits. Too big? Your pet may get caught up in it and suffocate or be strangled. Too small? It may interfere with your pet’s circulation or breathing.
- Never leave a pet in a costume unattended.
- Don’t select a costume that restricts airways, impairs vision or hearing, or has buttons, bows or other choking hazards.
USE CAUTION AROUND JACK-O-LANTERNS AND OTHER DECORATIONS
- The flame inside a pumpkin may attract curious pets who could get burned! Also, a pet may tip it over and spark a fire.
- Some decorations may pose a choking hazard for pets or get stuck in a pet’s intestines if ingested.
CALL THE ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY FOR PETS IN DISTRESS!
- To get help for a pet in distress or to report a suspected case of animal cruelty on Halloween (or any time), call AHS for an Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ at (602) 997-7585 ext. 2073. EAMTs™ are available to help pets in distress 365 days a year.