Halloween “Spider Webs” And A Dead Bird: Protecting you own pets…

Halloween “Spider Webs” And A Dead Bird: Protecting you own pets…

Yesterday, I was playing soccer with my 8 year old granddaughter and all of a sudden she stopped dead in her tracks, turned to me with a horrified look on her face, and told me that there was a dead bird caught in the fake spider web covering the holly bushes in her front yard.  Her sadness and surprise were apparent in her actions.  Within minutes, all of us were burying the poor, beautiful male Eastern Towhee in the front garden.  This experience prompted a discussion about whether the web should be taken down and not used.  As I looked down the street, I wondered how many other innocent lives would be lost this Halloween.

Courtesy of the ASPCA

I admit I never thought about anything like this happening.  Now, of course, I realize that this situation is most likely common.  That started me thinking about what we need to be conscious of as we approach the coming celebrations of the many holidays between now and New Years.

Here are a few things the ASPCA thinks you need to be aware of to keep your pets safe:

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets.

4. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Getting burned is a terrible possibility.

5. Wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets. Be watchful when you open your door to Trick-or-Treaters because pets might dash out.

7. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you

Please read the entire article, Halloween Safety Tips,  because there are details which I did not include but which are very important!

Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!