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Halloween Is Not Always Fun for Your Pets

County officials encourage Glendora residents to keep their pets safe on Oct. 31. Some may get frightened by costumed guests.

Halloween night nears and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control reminds pet owners that although Halloween can be fun for humans, it can be a potentially dangerous and frightening for your four-legged family members. 

To avoid filling shelters with pets frightened off by a few too many costumed guests, here are a few tips to keep your pets safe this Halloween:

  • Keep pets indoors in a secure, comfortable area with a radio or television playing in the background. Many pets fear the noises of trick-or-treaters.
  • Always keep your pet’s license current. A current license and ID tags securely affixed to your pet’s collar. A license tag and a microchip is the only voice a pet has if he or she becomes lost.
  • Do not leave pets outside unattended. Loud noises frighten pets and they may panic, become confused, and go through great lengths to escape their enclosures.
  • Keep pets away from all candy. Chocolate, which contains theobromine, can be poisonous to pets, causing nerve damage and even death.
  • Properly dispose of all candy wrappers. Tinfoil and cellophane candy wrappers are tempting treats for pets and can cause pets to choke or to have intestinal blocks.
  • Keep pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns away from pets. Pets can easily knock them over, which could result in a burn.
  • Halloween pet costumes can pose safety hazards for pets. Do not dress your pet up unless he or she is used to it. Make sure the costume does not restrict their movement, vision, hearing or the ability to breathe or bark. Pet costumes should not have small or dangling accessories that can be swallowed by your pet.
  • If your pet does become lost, it is critical that you physically visit the animal shelters surrounding your area. Be sure to bring a photograph of your missing pet to post at your local shelter.

For more information, contact your local animal shelter, visit the county'swebsite, follow them on Twitter @LACoAnimalCare, or “Like” them on Facebook.

Lois Sparling October 27, 2012 at 02:12 PM
These are all great suggestions. Having a current license tag AND an ID tag--with your name and address on it is so important. I have found many lost dogs over the years, and I take them back to their home when there's an address on their tags. Otherwise I have to call Animal Control, or, if they're closed, Glendora PD. They are always extremely helpful in giving me the animal's address so I can return it. I have also taken dogs home with me to give their owners time to get home from work and find out that their dog is missing. So if you return home and find your dog missing, always check with Glendora PD or Animal Control first. If I have to take an animal to the PD, they have to turn it in to the Inland Valley Humane Society.
MellowMaverick October 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I have those microchips imbedded just under the skin of my dogs and those work wonderfully! There is no remote chance that my dogs can get out on the loose but I am fairly confident I'd get them back in a relatively timely manner with the microchip. Oh, and just my personal taste, but I think costumes on pets are demeaning and undignified to the animal. If it's put on for a quick pic, I think that's fine. If kept on longer....well, not my taste. Let's just put it that way.
Lois Sparling October 29, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I agree with you about costumes. My dogs are microchipped, too. I have found dogs without collars, so no tags, and then I have to take them to the PD or to the vet to have them scanned. It's a lot easier to read a tag and take the dog home. I must be a lost dog magnet, so I have a lot of experience :-)
MellowMaverick October 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
That's great,Lois :) Those chips are amazing! And they reunite dog and owner much faster :)

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