KENT CHARITY ADVISES DOG OWNERS OF HALLOWEEN PERIL
With the growing trend for UK children to celebrate Halloween, Labrador Rescue Kent and Borders (LRK) is recommending that dog owners take steps to protect their pets.
Halloween can be frightening for family dogs, as they are not used to seeing people in costumes. Make sure that your dog is walked before the trick or treaters come knocking at your door. Ensure that your dog is kept inside, and in a safe and secure place. If you do open the door, make sure that your dog cannot run out or keep him on a lead. â€œYou would not want him to bolt out of the front door and into a road and get hit by a carâ€ warns LRK trustee Maggie Hinks
As with Easter time do not let your dogs near the sweet bowl.. Not only can chocolate kill, but sweet wrappers can cause choking and intestinal obstruction.
Carved pumpkins can look very pretty but make sure they are out of reach and cannot be knocked over by an agitated animal.
It might be tempting to dress up your dog in costume but they can annoy animals and pose health and safety hazards. If you do put your dog into costume make sure it can breathe, see and hear. If possible avoid masks on your pet. Remove any small or dangly accessories that could be chewed or swallowed.
â€œAll we want to do is to remind owners to be sensible with their pets and to consider what might happen and also for those who are trick or treating with their children to be aware of how an animal might react if scared. At this time of the year vets do see an increase in the number avoidable accidentsâ€ concludes Maggie Hinks.