Friday, 13 October 2017 19:01

Porky & Buddy Column: Should a Pet Get a Halloween Costume?

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Dear Readers: Two things. We realized that the column we wrote about the new rehoming website, which we called Adopt-A-Pet.com, was confusing because we had the name wrong. It's rehome.adoptapet.com. Our apologies for that. Do check it out--it's a great new resource.

The second thing. It's time for our annual party pooper column in which we try to ruin Halloween for pet owners. It's our job and the message is simple. Pets HATE it when their people start acting weird and other people, also acting weird, start showing up at the door uninvited.

Sure dogs love finding candy in strange places and trying to scarf it up before you can catch them, but then they get sick and you have vomit in strange colors all over your carpet. Remember that chocolate is actually harmful to dogs, as are raisins—and the artificial sweetener, xylitol, found in some sugarless candies is extremely toxic to many animals. So be really careful where you put all the human junk food.

Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations, should be kept out of reach of your pets. The same with burning candles. Remember that your pets like to sniff, explore, bat at, and/or jump up on new things to check them out. Do your decorating with that in mind.

With the exception of a few pet show-offs, most pets hate having some sort of strange costume imposed on them. Wear your own costume if you must, but dress your pets in their birthday suits or maybe just a cute bandana. If you insist on a costume for your poor beleaguered (or show-off) pet, make sure it is intended for pets, comfortable, and safe. Make sure your pet can breathe, and bark (or meow, if you are reckless enough to try to put a costume on a cat) and that its costume has no stray cords or parts than can be chewed off. For them it’s just a sweater, or possibly a torture device—you are doing this for your own amusement and ego so take that into account.

Most dogs and cats don’t like strangers coming to the door, much less in droves. Unless you have the most social dog in the universe, (and please don’t delude yourself about this) keep him and your cats in a room by themselves, if possible, where they can’t even hear the commotion. At the very least, keep them away from the front door. (Just in case one of your pets does dart out when the door is opened, make sure they have id, a collar and tags or a microchip.)

To sum it up, we hope you have a lovely, candy-gorged Halloween and that your pets don't even notice.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Located at 29 West Seneca Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com Website: www.oswegohumane.org Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

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