Halloween is right around the corner with many of the festivities and celebrations going full swing by this coming weekend. Halloween can be a frightening and confusing time for your animals and without taking the proper precautions it could turn into a real nightmare. Start preparing early this year and avoid any surprises!
1. It’s common knowledge that candy, especially chocolate or candy with artificial sweeteners, can be deadly to your pets. Keep candy far from your pets and educate children about the dangers of feeding candy to pets. If you suspect your animal has gotten into the candy bowl contact your veterinarian immediately.
2. Do not force your pet to wear a costume unless you are sure they are comfortable. Make sure that costumes are appropriate for your animals, that they have full mobility and you aren’t blocking their sight, breathing, or constrict movement in any way. Keep an eye out for loose bits that could be irritating or a potential choking hazard.
3. Keep your pets indoors. Pranksters have been known to tease animals which may end up in an injury or even death.
4. Take extra caution with your black cats (and dogs). Black cats are especially at risk to injury and abuse during Halloween. We recommend bringing black cats indoors several days before and after Halloween.
5. Keep candles, wires, and electrical cords out of reach. Keep your animals away from any candles as they can easily get burned or knock them over and start a fire.
6. Make sure that all your pets are wearing current ID tags and if micro-chipped that all of their information is up to date. Both ID tags and micro-chipping are available at the Humane Society of Ventura County. ID tags are free for the month of October.