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Pet Safety Week 2013 – HAPPY HOWLOWEEN!


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.

henry in a racehorse costume

HENRY – the race horse – WHY WE LOVE THIS COSTUME: Henry is an energetic pup and this jockey hangs on for dear life! This costume doesn't have a lot to move around, it allows for the collar and leash, and doesn't obstruct his vision. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are safe too.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


JOSIE - the bumblebee - WHY WE LOVE THIS COSTUME: Josie is black, so she is already hard to see. But, this cute little insect has LED lights in the wings increasing her visibility. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

  1. 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.
  2. Always use a leash. Make sure to use a dry, non-conductive leash and guide dogs around electrical equipment when out and about.
  3. 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:

ALFIE - the hot dog - WHY WE LOVE THIS COSTUME: This costume doesn't cover Alfie's eyes, and it's a lighter colour to help others see him better. More treats for him! (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

  • 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.

FINNIGAN - the rock star - WHY WE LOVE THIS COSTUME: Finn is a chewer and hates things that hang, so these 80's themed rocker pants are ridiculously racy, but comfortable too. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

About Toronto Hydro
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DYLAN - the vampire - WHY WE LOVE THIS COSTUME: Dylan loves attention but not all the frills. This cape is perfectly scary and it even has a reflective collar to ensure he can be seen. (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

About The Toronto Humane Society:
The mission of the Toronto Humane Society is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. The Toronto Humane Society provides high quality care to the animals who are surrendered to the shelter and finds them forever homes as quickly as possible. The Toronto Humane Society receives no government funding.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi worked in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions. Retired, she currently lives with her spoiled dog and four chickens (who are, interestingly enough, also spoiled).


  1. We have always had a dog in our home, but after we lost our last dog (Mikey) my
    husband did not want another dog but I kept saying I did. One evening we were watching a TV program about rescue dogs. I told my husband I wanted another dog and again he said no. The next day we go to get groceries in town we were sitting in the van having a coffee when this women drove up with this gorgeous dog in her truck. I got out of the van and went over to her to ask what kind of dog it was. She said it was a mixture of a pure bread Sheltie and a Shih Tzu. I asked where I could get one and she said that God must be sending me to her because she couldn’t keep her because she worked 10 hours a day and she was looking for a good home for her. I immediately said I would take her and she would have the best home ever. My husband is still wondering what happened that day but he loves her and would never part with her. We are seniors and she has been with us for 3 years now. She was only 4 months old when we got her . She is a real blessing

    A home is not a home without a pet

  2. Hello,

    Great article from 2013, do you think there will be a national pet safety week in 2014 around the same time, Oct 20-26? We would love to make it part of our program at Happy Hound Dog Resorts, as we always like to give back to our clients.

    Jack Bobeck

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