ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) – Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin provides Halloween safety tips for pets.
- Keep dogs indoors, not in the yard, on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters may also provoke more barking.
- Cats should be kept inside all the time for their own safety and the safety of songbirds and wildlife. Some animal shelters make black cats unavailable for adoption at that time because of fears of abuse or because they feel some people may only want the cat for the holiday and abandon it afterwards.
- Keep pets away from the door. Cats and dogs may run into the street, and dogs may feel the need to protect their owners.
- Keep candy away from pets. Dogs should especially not be given any food containing chocolate or raisins.
- Only dress up your pet if you know it likes to be dressed up. Costumes can be uncomfortable and harmful if chewed and ingested.
The Georgia Dept. of Agriculture stresses spaying and neutering to decrease disease susceptibility and improve overall health. For more information and to find out how to receive a discount on your pet's spay/neuter procedure through the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture website: www.agr.georgia.gov or call 404.656.3667.