Santa Barbara County Animal Services would like to remind pet owners that Halloween can be a trick - or - treat for their pets as well. With the neighborhoods bustling with activity and plenty of candy and sweets to be found, this can be more trick than treat for your pet or pets.
As a result they suggest the following steps to ensure your pet's safety while the ghouls and goblins abound:
- Keep pets safe inside your house or garage. This will ensure that pets won’t become frightened or feel threatened by costume clad children or adults. Cats, especially black ones, may be the target of cruel pranksters so it is especially important that they be confined in the house or garage for safety.
- Be sure all pets are wearing collars with ID tags. Frequently opened doors provide a perfect opportunity for escape. A license is your pet’s ticket home.
- Keep candy out of your pet’s reach. Candy can be harmful and in some cases deadly to pets. Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs. Candy wrappers may have tasty leftovers on them and if ingested can cause serious injury to your pets digestive system.
- Use Halloween decorations with caution. Make sure that pets cannot become entangled in cords or other hanging decorations. Pumpkin can be a tempting treat to animals. The flame from a jack-o-lantern or candles can quickly singe, burn, or set fire to your pet’s fur. We recommend that you use artificial flames to decorate your home.
- Leave your pet home. Dogs may become difficult to handle during the noise and confusion of the Halloween festivities. A dog may run away or bite which will quickly end your Halloween fun.
Santa Barbara County Animal Services extend their wish to everyone for a safe and happy Halloween. Remember, it's not only a great idea to get your dog over the age of four months licensed, it's the law. It's one of the best ways to ensure he/she is reunited with their family.