Los Angeles Animal Services officials are offering residents tips on how to keep their pets safe during Halloween celebrations.
“For some pets … this night can be a nightmare because the sweet things and some of the Halloween decor can be dangerous and even deadly to our animal companions, and even normally soft pets can be intimidated by the strange sounds, frightening sight, and people in masks or dressed up in costume, ” the department said Saturday.
Officials offered the following guidelines:
- No such for your animals. Chocolate and other Halloween sweets can be toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure sweet treats are out of the pet’s reach, and throw packaging in the trash. This can be a great educational opportunity for children who may not understand why pets cannot share their treats.
- Costumes are optional because not all pets enjoy dressing up. A decorative collar is far more comfortable than a costume for your pet. Make sure your pet thinks a costume is as fun as you do before dressing them up. If you put your pet in a costume, try it on to make sure it is comfortable and make sure it does not get wrapped around their neck, causing suffocation or getting wrapped around their legs.
- Make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped with current identification. If your pet is lost for any reason, it will help reunite you with your companion by making sure they have a collar with a current LA City license and / or ID mark on it and a microchip that is registered with your most up-to-date contact information. animals.
- Be careful around Jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween decor. It’s a good thing to wag with your tail – unless it’s happening around a lit candle! Keep candles and carved pumpkins with candles at an appropriate height where your pets can not tip them over or get burned or start a fire. Electric wires from decorative candles can entice your pet to play with or chew them, which can potentially lead to suffocation, burns or death. Keep all leashes, cords and Halloween decorations out of the reach of your pet.
- Keep glow plugs out of reach. Glow sticks can help keep children safe, but should be kept away from your pets. The liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, but it can excite your pet and in some cases make your pet sick.
- Keep pets indoors and create a calming environment. Pets can become frightened by loud noises, causing them to panic and flee their homes. Help reduce your pet’s anxiety by creating a calm and quiet environment for your pet.
- For more information on LA Animal Services, visit laanimalservices.com.
On Friday, LAAS announced that the city’s shelters are approaching capacity, urging Angelenos to foster or adopt some of the animals.
“We have leaned on our community in times of need and have never been let down,” said Dana Brown, LAAS general manager. “We hope we can count on their support again as we ask them to adopt or foster a pet looking for their new home.”
LA Animal Services’ six locations are full of dogs, cats and kittens that have been neutered and neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready for adoption. As shelters approach capacity, officials are also urging pet owners considering surrendering their animals to seek other alternatives, including seeking friends or family members to take over pet ownership or using the Home to Home or Safety Net Foster programs.
Individuals interested in adopting can visit LA Animal Services locations without an appointment Saturday or Sunday from 7 p.m. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a potential adopter wants to visit between Tuesday and Friday, they can schedule an appointment at lacityvet.com/appointments or by calling 1 -888-452-7381.
Fetal applications are available here.