How to protect pets and wildlife this Halloween – Marin Independent Journal

As the countdown to Halloween begins, I’ve stocked up on candy and dusted off the spooky decor to get my house and yard ready for a night of treats. My young daughter loves the decorations – and, let’s be honest, the high sugar – that come with this spookily festive night. But amidst all the fun, I always consider the impact on our pets and local wildlife. That’s because this spooky season has many potential pitfalls for our four-legged friends, wild birds, and more. Here’s how to protect animals this Halloween, without sacrificing fun.

Dangerous decorations

Sure, you want to create a spooky scene, but some decorations are trickier than others. Pumpkins and other candles pose a burn hazard if a curious animal gets too close – not to mention a major fire hazard in a county parched by a severe drought – so opt for battery-operated flameless candles if you want it. twinkle on your porch. If you use decorations that plug into an outlet, make sure pets can’t chew on or get tangled in electrical cords. And avoid fake spider webs, which can trap birds and cause serious damage if ingested by your pets.

out of reach of paw

This candy bowl is tempting for more than tricks or treats. Candy is dangerous for pets, and chocolate is especially dangerous, especially dark chocolate. It contains a toxin called theobromine, which can cause poisoning in dogs and cats.

Signs of chocolate poisoning can include vomiting and diarrhea, panting and rapid heartbeat, and increased thirst and urination. And while milk chocolate is less dangerous, the sugar and fat in a candy bar can still cause a lot of gastrointestinal upset for your pet. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) immediately if your pet has ingested chocolate.

Provide a safe space

Opening the front door again and again for cheaters can mean plenty of escape opportunities for your pets, not to mention a lot of stress. Doorbells and crowds of loud, unfamiliar people in costumes can be frightening to shy cats and nervous dogs who might try to run away or even bite.

Consider keeping your pets in a quiet room away from bustle and open doors. Music, television, or even a white noise machine can help dampen the noise.

ThunderShirts apply safe, consistent pressure that soothes anxious dogs like swaddling a baby. And always make sure your pets are wearing proper ID — a collar with an up-to-date name tag, current dog license, plus a microchip — just in case they manage to escape. during the evening festivities.

Don’t force yourself to dress

Some pets lend themselves to a bit of disguise and can strut around in costume just fine. But others may become anxious, irritable, or overwhelmed. While it can be fun to get that perfect photo for social media, if your pet is easily stressed out, steer clear of costumes. If your four-legged friend is open to their festive adornment, make sure there are no pieces that can get caught around their neck or mouth, or bits that can be chewed on or swallowed. Never leave your pet unattended in a costume. Surveillance is the name of the Halloween game.

Halloween doesn’t have to be a hair-raising event for our furry friends. With a little planning and a little caution, your pets can have a safe and healthy vacation too.

Julia Lamont is the social media and marketing specialist for Marin Humane, which contributes articles to Tails of Marin and welcomes animal-related questions and stories about people and animals in our community. Go to marinhumane.orgemail [email protected] or find us on social media @marinhumane.

Comments are closed.