No Scaredy-Cats Allowed
Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But
for pets? Let's face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forego the stress
and dangers this year by following these easy tips.
- Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms
of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be
dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning
may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate,
and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener
xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol
can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination
and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established,
it's better to be safe than sorry.
- Don't leave pets out in the yard on Halloween. Surprisingly,
vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even
kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.
- Keep pets confined and away from the door. Not only
will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers
will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy.
This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially
territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters.
Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will
also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night
when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.
- Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several
days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from
pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do
not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.
- Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal
upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage
can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins…
- Don't keep lit pumpkins around pets. Should they
get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it
over and causing a fire.
- Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass
or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.
- Don't dress your pet in a costume unless you know they'll
love it. If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume,
make sure it isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement,
hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow. Festive bandanas
usually work for party poopers, too.
- IDs, please! If your dog or cat should escape and
become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances
that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date,
even if your pet does has one of microchips.
Get Your Doggone Good
Ark Animal Foundation's Doggone Good Cookbook is here! These
cookbooks make excellent gifts for all your animal-loving friends and
family! Cookbooks can be purchased at the shelter Tuesday
through Friday from 1:00–5:00, and Saturday from 10:00-4:00. You can also
order cookbooks from us and have them delivered directly
to your door. Cookbooks are $15.00 each, plus shipping and handling. Your
purchase of our Doggone Good Cookbook makes it possible for us
to continue our work.
In addition to over 200 of the best recipes submitted by friends
of Noah's Ark, the cookbook is a "whose who" of Noah's Ark residents and
alumni, with over 150 pictures of our (and your!) beloved animal companions.
We've also got Happy Ending stories, a place to keep track of your favorite
recipes, and a chapter devoted to dog and cat treats. Take
a peek inside and then order your cookbook! Bone