Halloween Safety Tips

GRATIOT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER'S HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR PETS

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.

2. KEEP YOUR OUTDOOR CATS INSIDE SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE AND SEVERAL DAYS AFTER HALLOWEEN; BLACK CATS IN PARTICULAR MAY BE AT RISK FROM CHILDREN'S PRANKS OR OTHER CRUELTY-RELATED INCIDENTS. MANY SHELTERS DO NOT ADOPT OUT BLACK CATS ON HALLOWEEN AS A SAFETY PRECAUTION.

3. TRICK-OR-TREAT CANDIES ARE NOT FOR PETS: CHOCOLATE IS POISONOUS TO A LOT OF ANIMALS, AND TIN FOIL AND CELLOPHANE CANDY WRAPPERS CAN BE HAZARDOUS IF SWALLOWED.

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. DON'T DRESS THE DOG OR CAT IN COSTUME UNLESS YOU KNOW HE OR SHE LOVES IT. OTHERWISE, IT PUTS TOO MUCH STRESS ON THE ANIMAL.

6. IF YOU DO DRESS UP YOUR PET, MAKE SURE THE COSTUME ISN'T ANNOYING OR UNSAFE; IT SHOULD NOT CONSTRICT HER MOVEMENT, HEARING OR ABILITY TO BREATHE OR BARK. ALSO, THERE SHOULD NOT BE SMALL, DANGLING, OR EASILY CHEWED-OFF PIECES ON THE COSTUME THAT YOUR PET COULD CHOKE ON.

7. BE CAREFUL NOT TO OBSTRUCT YOUR PET'S VISION; EVEN THE SWEETEST ANIMAL CAN GET SNAPPY WHEN HE OR SHE CAN'T SEE.

8. ALL BUT THE MOST SOCIAL DOGS AND CATS 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 OR CAT.

9. WHEN OPENING THE DOOR FOR TICK-OR-THEATERS, BE VERY CAREFUL YOUR CAT OR DOG DOESN'T DART OUTSIDE.

10. MARK SURE YOUR DOG OR CAT IS WEARING PROPER IDENTIFICATION. IF YOU ANY REASON THEY ESCAPE AND BECOME LOST, YOU INCREASE THE CHANCES THAT THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU.