We are sorry to be grumpy, but Halloween is coming up and we know that a lot of you really love to dress up and eat lots of candy and put candles in pumpkins and string orange lights and that kind of thing.
Here’s the grumpy part.
Most pets sort of hate it.
Sure they like finding candy in weird places and trying to scarf it up before you can catch them, but then they get sick from all those sweets and you have vomit in strange colors all over your carpet.
Plus chocolate is actually harmful to dogs, as are raisins and the artificial sweetener, xylitol, found in some candies is toxic to many animals.
So be careful where you put all the human goodies and maybe go get some animal treats for your pets to make up for the lost chocolate opportunities.
Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations, should be kept out of reach of your pets. The same with burning candles.
Remember that your pets like to sniff, explore, bat at, and/or jump up on new things to check them out.
Do your decorating with that in mind.
With the exception of a few pet show-offs, most pets hate having some sort of strange costume imposed on them.
Wear your own costume, but dress your pets in their birthday suits or maybe just a cute bandana. If you insist on a costume for your poor beleaguered (or show-off) pet, make sure it is intended for pets, comfortable, and safe.
Make sure your pet can breathe and bark or meow, and that its costume has no stray cords or parts than can be chewed off.
Most dogs and the vast majority of cats don’t like strangers coming to the door in droves. Unless you have the most social dog in the universe, keep him and your cats in a room by themselves, if possible, where they can’t even hear the commotion of the door bell ringing and strangers yelling “trick or treat!” At the very least, keep them away from the front door.
Just in case one of your pets does dart out when the door is opened, make sure they have ID, a colar and tags or a microchip.
So after you have finished worrying about and planning for all of this, go out and have fun and let your pets get some treats and take a nap.
Everybody will be happy!
Speaking of happy, are you coming to Every Dog Has Its Day?
It’s on October 19 at Fallbrook Recreation Center – the annual 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Family Walk and People and Pets Celebration.
Sign in starts at 11 a.m. and it’s much smoother and less expensive if you preregister.
Find out more and sign up at http://www.oswegohumane.org/
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.
Phone: (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!