Posted on October 24, 2017
Halloween Pet Safety Tips From Broward County Animal Care
Halloween may be a great time for kids and adults alike, but for most pets, October 31st isn't much fun. Broward County Animal Care is offering five important tips to make this Halloween a safe time for your four-legged family member:
Keep your pet at home - Pets should be in a safe, quiet room surrounded by his or her favorite bed and toys during Halloween festivities. Do not take them out to trick-or-treat and do not leave them outside in the yard or patio while children are going from house to house.
Keep pets away from the door - During trick-or-treating hours pets can easily slip through the door when it's opened to hand out candy. In addition, dogs may bite children out of fear or nervousness.
Watch the candy dish - Do not feed your pet any candy -- especially chocolate -- and do not leave the candy where a pet will be able to "help themselves."
ID your pet - Make sure that your dog or cat is wearing their Broward County pet registration license tag on their collar. This will help ensure that your pet will be returned to you if he/she does get lost. If your pet has a microchip, be sure the chip is registered to your current contact information. Microchip numbers - no matter the make and manufacturer - can be registered for free at www.found.org.
5. Beware of costume hazards - Your dog or cat may look very cute, but be wary of pet costumes that use rubber bands to hold it in place. If you mistakenly leave rubber bands on your pet after the costume comes off, the band can burrow into the animal's skin and cause infection. In addition, the pet may swallow the elastic, which can result in intestinal problems.
About Animal Care
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and homeless animals. The agency provides access to hundreds of shelter pets hoping for a new home. Please prevent unwanted animals and have your pet spayed or neutered. For more information about the agency, visit our website, or like us on Facebook.