Boo! Halloween is just around the corner. While we are busy picking the perfect costume and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters, let’s not forget about our pets. Strangers in costumes, the repeated ringing of the doorbell and abundant sweets pose special challenges for many owners. Let us help you and your pet prepare for this spooktacular holiday with the follow tips:
• Walk your dog before the trick-or-treaters start their visits.
• Bring all cats indoors before Halloween night.
• Keep trick-or-treating a people only activity. Dogs may become difficult to handle during the noise of the festivities.
• If your pet wears a costume, remove dangling pieces that may be a hazard to them. If your pet does not like its costume, then do not force it on him or her.
• Keep your pet safe in the back room during peak trick-or-treating hours, or during parties, as the costumed visitors and loud noises can frighten them. Playing soothing music may help them stay calm.
• Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy with some artificial sweeteners can be harmful to pets. All forms of chocolate can be toxic to cats and dogs. If your pet does ingest candy, contact your veterinarian immediately.
• Keep candlelit jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your curious pet. Use flameless candles instead. Always secure electrical cords out of reach, too.
• Make sure your pet is microchipped and has visible, up-to-date ID tags on his or her collar.
• If your pet does get lost, please visit Pasadena Humane Society or your local animal shelter daily to look for him or her. Visit pasadenahumane.org/adopt to see pictures of the animals in our care.
• If you live in Arcadia, Bradbury Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena and see anything suspicious or dangerous regarding animals, please call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA at 626.792.7151 or your local police department.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!