Halloween can be a frightening time for your animals. Without taking the proper precautions, it could turn into a real nightmare for you and your pets. Check out these tips and tricks to prepare your pets early and avoid any surprises this year!
1) Candy can be deadly to your pets. Keep candy far from your furry friends 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 pets to wear a costume unless you are sure they are comfortable. The costume should not block their sight, breathing, or constrict movement in any way. Watch 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 could cause potential injury or even death. A cozy room inside your home is the safest place for your furry friend.
4) Take extra caution with your black cats, as they are especially at risk of injury and abuse during this spooky holiday. We recommend pet owners bring their black cats indoors several days before and after Halloween.
5) Make sure that all your pets are wearing current ID tags and if microchipped that all of their information is up to date. Both ID tags and microchipping are available at the Humane Society of Ventura County. ID tags are free for the month of October.
6) Keep candles, wires, and electrical cords out of reach of your curious four-legged friends. Keep your animals away from any candles as they can easily get burned or knock them over and start a fire.