Dog friendly trick or treat
The BC SPCA says Halloween can be a particularly stressful time for canine companions.
There are steps you can take to mitigate any negative impact of any activity surrounding the event.
While trick and treating is underway in the neighborhoods, Central Okanagan Dog Control Services advises dog owners to keep their pets indoors.
Dog Control Says It’s not uncommon at this time of year to receive a few reports of dogs being scared and running into the streets, where they could be accidentally injured by passing motorists.
Dog owners should also ensure that their license tag is attached to their pet’s collar or harness, in case it accidentally comes off when doors are opened to hand out Halloween candies.
Having a valid license plate on a dog is required by law as it will help you and your pet reunite if it gets away unexpectedly.
The BC SPCA suggests keeping your pet in a quiet room with his toys away from all activity, or providing background music, a radio or TV to muffle any outside noises, knocking on the door, or ringing doorbells. It offers several other helpful suggestions for dog owners.
In addition, it is important to keep candy, chocolate and wrappers out of your pet’s reach as they can cause serious damage.
Central Okanagan residents are reminded that fireworks may not be sold or lit in the entire region unless authorized by the local fire department.
Sanctions vary depending on local jurisdiction, but there is also the safety risk and the potential for severe burns or injury from exploding fireworks.
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