Halloween Pet Safety
One very important thing to consider is safety. Many dangers, even hidden dangers, come along with the territory of Halloween and Halloween costumes. Strings that strangulate or materials that are flammable, poisonous substances, cool glittery things that could cause an animal to choke or a material that could be toxic. Noises that could scare your pet into flight, and I do mean both definitions of the word flight. Children and adults, people that your pets would normally recognize will look and possibly smell entirely different.
One fatal disaster I witnessed on a Halloween night many years ago. It happened to a ferret and a young girl. The young girl had put her treat bag on the counter top when she entered the house. A short while later, without her parent's knowledge, she grabbed her treat bag and sat in a chair. She wanted to see what goodies she had in the bag. She dropped the bag on the floor next to the chair. She had been tired, wasn't thinking, and went off to bed. She found her ferret dead the next morning. The ferret had choked on a hard-round piece of candy.
I would think twice about inviting your pets to Halloween parties. Any holiday party is a prime time for disaster to strike. Really think twice before inviting your pet to a party.
A friend of mine dressed as a pirate and had his macaw on his shoulder. He had even rehearsed the bird to say several cute pirate phrases. Thankfully, this didn't end in disaster, though it could have. Between the vapors from the dry ice in the punch, strange noises from the stereo, strangely dressed people he didn't recognize at all, the bird, even though his feathers had been clipped, glided down to the floor and was fearfully running between everyone's feet. My friend yelled out for everyone to stop moving. Thankfully, they listened; the macaw's owner held his arm out for the macaw to perch. He hurried his bird to his cage for the rest of the night.
Be ever so watchful during Halloween and other holidays. Since there is nearly an infinite number of different exotic pets it makes it impossible to describe every possible scenario of dangers lurking. Remember the old saying the more people watching our kids, the more likely they aren't being watched at all! Everyone presumes someone else is doing the watching!
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