The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals offers the following pet safety tips at Halloween.
- Do not allow your pets to eat trick-or-treat candies which may be poisonous or harm them.
- Don’t leave your pet outside on Halloween.. IF trick or treating is happening in your your area, use caution so your pet does not run outside.
- Do not use candles to illuminate Halloween pumpkins: Pets may tip them over and cause a fire.
- Halloween decorations should be kept out of pets reach. Items like spider webbing and balloons can be deadly if swallowed.
- Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know he loves it. This may put added stress on the animal. If you do, make sure the costume isn’t constricting or unsafe. Do not obstruct vision and be sure there is no risk of strangulation by novelty headdresses placed on your pet. Remove costume from pet when unattended.
- Be sure your pet has proper identification on at all times.
- Know your veterinarian’s number and keep it listed with your other emergency numbers. Being able to react quickly in an emergency could save your pets life.
- Please report any acts of cruelty or neglect to the Suffolk County SPCA at 631 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
Remember: Your dog or cat count on you to keep them safe and secure.