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365 things to do in Worcester county - keep your pet safe this Holloween. With Holloweencoming at the end of the month, all the kids are begining to dream of the hoards of goodies they'll be raking in this holiday. Some of us not only have children but also a smaller furrier member of the family.
You know, our pets need to be kept safe too. That is why I feel it is important to have one of your 365 things to do in Worcester county - keep your pet safe this Holloween. With this in mind, here is a list of things to keep in mind:
Walk your dog before trick-or-treaters start their visits. Keep a firm grip on the leash; many dogs are frightened by people in costumes.
* Keep your beloved pet safe away from the front door, especially if you're giving out candy to trick-or-treaters. Animals can get loose when the door opens, and the presence of little (and big) costumed people often scares animals, increasing the chance dogs will run away or get hit by cars.
* Make sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date I.D. tag. Getting your pet chipped can also be a great idea. If you have a bird, like I do, have a vetrenarian inject a chip since a vetrenarian knows the birds anatomy better than a person at a store.
* Place a dog gate in front of your front door to block access in case someone accidentally lets your pet out of the place where he's confined. Many dogs will run after trick-or-treaters.
* Consider crating your pet, which can make him feel more secure and reduce chances of accidental escapes. Provide chew toys, a favorite blanket, a piece of clothing with your scent on it, or whatever comforts the animal. Play soft music or a recording of soothing sounds.
* If you want to have your dog near the door to greet visitors, keep him on a leash. Pets can become very stressed by holiday activities and unwelcome interruptions in routine. A nervous dog might feel threatened and growl, lunge or bite.
* Keep dogs indoors. It's a bad idea to leave dogs out in the yard; in addition to the parade of holiday celebrants frightening and agitating them, there have been reports of taunting, poisonings and pet thefts. Plus they're likely to bark and howl at the constant flow of treat or treaters.
* As for cats, as the ASPCA and other organizations advise, keep cats indoors at all times.
* Do not leave dogs in cars.
* Keep your pets out of the candy bowl. Dispose of candy wrappers before your pets get to them, since the wrappers can cause choking or intestinal obstruction. Make sure the dogs can't get into the trash. Note: Chocolate contains theobromine, which can cause nerve damage and even death in dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated it is -- and the smaller the lethal dose.
* Explain to everyone in your home (including kids) how dangerous treats are to pets. Take young children's candy supply and put it somewhere out of reach of pets. Caution children about leaving candy wrappers on the floor.
* Make sure pets can't reach candles, jack-o-lanterns, decorations or ornaments.
* Halloween costumes can annoy animals and pose safety and health hazards...so think twice before dressing up the dog. Make sure the dog can breathe, see and hear, and that the costume is flame retardant. Remove any small or dangling accessories that could be chewed and swallowed. Avoid rubber bands, which can cut off the animal's circulation or, if accidentally left on, can burrow and cut into the animal's skin.
* If the animal is very high-strung, consult your vet about tranquilizing for the night.
* When walking dogs during or after Halloween, watch carefully for what they might pick up and choke on. Bits of candy and wrappers abound on sidewalks and streets after holidays.
* If you notice these symptoms of chocolate poisoning, go to your vet or an emergency vet right away because your pet's life may be in danger:
Excessive drooling Excessive urination Pupil dilation Rapid heartbeat Vomiting and diarrhea Hyperactivity Muscle tremors and seizures Coma
Oh, and have fun. Holloween is one of my favorite holidays and it should be safe, not just fun
Jane Becker, CRS, MCBA, GRI, ABR, CBR,LMC, CDPE,E-Pro Specializing in true representation 508-922-9832 fx 508-829-9118 email@example.com Home Team AdvantEdge, Keller Williams Greater Worcester
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