FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
September 14, 2009
AHS/Popcorn Park Warns:
Halloween is No Treat for Pets
IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR when the thoughts of kids of all ages turn to ghosties, ghouls, goblins and especially sugary treats!
Unfortunately, it’s also a time when many pet owners frantically rush their cats and dogs to veterinary hospitals and emergency rooms, either because they ate something that made them very sick or they were victims of some type of Halloween prank.
This `Prisoner of Love' enjoys his costume; not all pets do.Don't dress up your pet unless you know it will be happy.
Just the Halloween treats, alone, are enough to make a fun celebration turn into a horrific event for you and your pet. A recent government study stated that too much sugar has long-term health effects on people, causing many people to opt for artificially sweetened goodies. At least one of those, Xylitol, is EXTREMELY toxic to dogs in even the tiniest amount. So is chocolate. And foods made with real sugar are unhealthy for most animals, too. The cellophane that many candies are wrapped in are also harmful to pets who ingest them. Keep all candy out of your pet’s reach. If you want to give your pet at treat, give your dog or cat a special goody made just for them.
Halloween is great fun for humans, but it is filled with hazards for animals. You don’t need a witch’s spell to keep your pets safe and healthy, just some good common sense.
“The Halloween candy is already on the shelves; costumes and decorations can be seen on sale at party stores. It should be a fun time for you and your family…but please be cautious for your pets,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director of Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. “Along with the warning about candy, the Societies offers the following tips for a happy Halloween for you and your pets.”
• Keep pets inside and under your control. They would best be left in a quiet area of the house so that they do not see strange creatures coming and going. Many pets left unattended in yards become the targets for misguided and or cruel youths. This time of year, pets are sometimes stolen, tortured and even killed. Cats, particularly black ones, are especially preyed upon this time of year
• Let your pet dress as him or herself: Unless you know that your dog or cat really enjoys dressing up, don’t do it. Sure, it’s cute to see your pet dressed like Superman or a witch, but in most cases it stresses out the animal. If you must put a costume on your pet, make sure that the animal’s view is not obstructed.
• Keep jack-o-lanterns, candles and any other flammable items far out of the way. Curious kitties and wagging tails can knock over items, burning themselves or causing a fire.
• Make sure your dog or cat is wearing proper identification or his microchipped. In case he or she runs out the door your chances are much better of having your pet safely returned to you.
• Pets make the best treats! If you want to treat yourself to something sweeter than candy and can be shared with your entire family, consider adopting a dog or cat. There are hundreds of dogs and cats waiting for adoption at the Associated Humane Societies’ Shelters in Forked River, Tinton Falls, and Newark. Note: Pets featured here are available for adoption at out Tinton Falls shelter.
Or, why not use the cash you’d spend on candy for yourself to donate to any of the animal care programs available right here on our web site or make a general donation to support our many efforts?