Toronto Hydro and Toronto Humane Society's top picks for pet Halloween
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.
Halloween is a fun time for the entire family; make sure your pets are
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always use a leash. Make sure to use a dry, non-conductive leash and
guide dogs around electrical equipment when out and about.
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:
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.
For more facts and tips throughout the week watch for our daily
advisories. Visit us online at Twitter (@torontohydro or @THS_tweet),
Facebook or torontohydro.com
About Toronto Hydro
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distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
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distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
723,000 customers located in the City of Toronto. It is the largest
municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes
approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the Province of
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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.
Image with caption: "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)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5670_PHOTO_EN_32293.jpg
Image with caption: "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)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5670_PHOTO_EN_32297.jpg
Image with caption: "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)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5670_PHOTO_EN_32296.jpg
Image with caption: "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)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5670_PHOTO_EN_32295.jpg
Image with caption: "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)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131021_C5670_PHOTO_EN_32294.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro
Barbara Steinhoff, Toronto Humane Society
T: 416-392 2273 Ext. 2149