TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ – The second annual Pet Safety Week has begun! This year, Pet Safety Week is October 20 – 26. And to get the conversation started, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (“Toronto Hydro”) and the Toronto Humane Society have their top picks for ‘Howloween’ costumes and safety tips for furry friends.
Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are safe too.
- Trick or treaters will be knocking at the door all night. These scary visitors will be in costume making it a strange and unknown environment for your dog or cat. If you think your pet will become anxious and unwelcoming, consider moving them to another area of the house. This is safer for the pet and the little visitors at the door.
- Remember to keep those treats out of sight and reach. Most people know that chocolate can be very dangerous for dogs, but few people are aware that many of the treats may contain the artificial sweeter xylitol, which is highly toxic. As well, those wrappers may cause an upset stomach or even pose a choking hazard.
- All those spooky decorations (both inside and outside) should be checked for safety. Candles should never be left unattended. Cats are especially curious and dogs love to chew things. Make sure all decorations are secure and power cords and plugs are out of sight — tape any slack to the wall or tuck them behind appliances. Any chewed cords could lead to an electrical shock.
- Dogs and cats should always be supervised outdoors, but even more so around Halloween. Trick or Treaters are infamous for eating their spoils along the way, leaving wrappers and other discarded treats on lawns and on sidewalks. Felix or Fido, if left to wander, will eat their way around the neighbourhood.
- Always use a leash. Make sure to use a dry, non-conductive leash and guide dogs around electrical equipment when out and about.
- Know your pet before choosing a ‘Howloween’ costume. Some love costumes, while others may feel uncomfortable. Never leave your pet unattended in their costume and pick your costume with the following things in mind:
- Brighter or lighter colours increase visibility.
- The costume should be comfortable.
- Avoid costumes that hinder or obstruct visibility.
- If your dog or cat is a chewer, limit the details (like strings or buttons) on the costume.
- Always make sure the collar and your pet’s identification remain on, and work with the costume.
There are many hazards that pet owners may not be aware of. From poisonous plants to dangling electric cords, bored cats and dogs are more likely to find ways to get into trouble. There are few resources available for new and seasoned pet owners on overall safety. Pet Safety Week is a reminder for pet owners to stay safe year-round.About Toronto Hydro
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 723,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of Ontario.
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