Pro­tect pets from harm this Hal­loween

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Tracy Clyne 403-533-3930

The Rock­y­ford Curl­ing Club will be host­ing their an­nual Oys­ter (and ham) Sup­per on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28 from 5:307 p.m. at the com­mu­nity cen­ter (and NOT on Oc­to­ber 20, as I stated last week, my apolo­gies). Their gen­eral meet­ing will fol­low sup­per, and those in at­ten­dance will have a chance to win their due’s for two peo­ple. Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend.

Birth­day greet­ings to those of you cel­e­brat­ing this week are sent to; Kathy Ger­rit­sen, Dun­can Koller, Howard Rop­pel, Ernest Walker, Nola Ne­witt, Au­drey Cam­maert and Dawn Muenchrath. Happy An­niver­sary to; Wayne and Marnie Kathol, Brent and Pamela Melcher, Pat and Diane Cam­maert and to any­one else cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial oc­ca­sion this week.

The St. Rita’s C.W.L. will be hav­ing their Tur­key Sup­per at the com­mu­nity cen­ter on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4 start­ing at 5 p.m. Along with the de­li­cious meal, there will be a fish pond for the kids, a craft table, a raf­fle and a bake table. This is a fun evening for the en­tire fam­ily.

Kids love to paint! Rock­y­ford Li­brary is host­ing a Kids Can Paint ses­sion for chil­dren ages 7 to 16. The ses­sion will run from 10 to noon on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22. Regis­tra­tion cov­ers in­struc­tion and all sup­plies. Space is lim­ited, so reg­is­ter early!

Novem­ber is Na­tional Novel Writ­ing Month, or NaNoW­riMo. Stop by Three Hills Li­brary for a meet & greet with other writers on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Please bring a dessert. Writ­ing ses­sions be­gin on Satur­days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Novem­ber. Visit rock­y­fordli­brary.

While Hal­loween can be fun for adults and chil­dren alike, the fam­ily pet might not look for­ward to Oc­to­ber 31 as much as the rest of the fam­ily. When trickor-treat­ing time ar­rives and the door­bell gets its an­nual work­out, pet par­ents should take steps to en­sure their dogs, cats and other com­pan­ion an­i­mals stay calm and don’t get too fright­ened or ex­cited.

Hal­loween is full of dec­o­ra­tions, cos­tumes and, of course, trick-or-treaters. While the ex­cite­ment can be thrilling for chil­dren, pets can eas­ily grow scared. An­i­mals gen­er­ally be­come crea­tures of rou­tine, and any­thing that takes them out of their com­fort zones can be a cause for ag­i­ta­tion. Spooky dec­o­ra­tions hung through­out the house and outdoors present new sights and smells. The door­bell ring­ing ev­ery few min­utes could put skit­tish pets even more on edge -- es­pe­cially when they come face-to­face with hordes of cos­tumed trick-or-treaters.

Candy, and cho­co­late in par­tic­u­lar, poses a large risk as well. Even rel­a­tively small amounts of cho­co­late can be harm­ful to cats and dogs. That’s be­cause cho­co­late con­tains caf­feine and theo­bromine, two dif­fer­ent types of stim­u­lants that can wreak havoc on an an­i­mal’s cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. Hard can­dies may be swal­lowed and be­come lodged in the throat or di­ges­tive tract. Ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers are harm­ful to an­i­mals, too.

To help keep pets safe, it is best to con­sider the fol­low­ing tips for Hal­loween.

• Keep pets in­doors for the day. An­i­mals that are fright­ened may run away or grow dis­ori­ented and get lost. Also, you never want your pet to be the vic­tim of a Hal­loween prank. Some­times black cats are stolen on Hal­loween. Dogs left out­side may be at risk for teas­ing and taunt­ing, too.

• Don’t take dogs trick-or­treat­ing. Al­though you may have a calm, well-man­nered dog, the crowds in the neigh­bor­hood may ex­cite man’s best friend, whose be­hav­ior might be dif­fi­cult to pre­dict. Also, other an­i­mals that get loose from homes when the doors are opened may pro­voke your dog. It’s enough to keep your eyes on your chil­dren, never mind be­ing mindful of your dog, too.

• Skip cos­tumes for pets. You may think it’s a great idea to dress your pets in cos­tumes, but there’s a good chance your pet does not share your en­thu­si­asm. It may stress out the an­i­mal, so avoid pet cos­tumes.

• Be mindful of hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions. Strings of lights, fake spi­der webs and other dec­o­ra­tive items can be trip­ping haz­ards for pets, while elec­tronic de­vices could pose a safety risk. Avoid lit can­dles in the home be­cause cats or dogs may knock them over.

• Keep pets se­cured in a bed- room or an­other quiet space. Your dog or cat may try to bolt out­side ev­ery time you open the door to trick-or-treaters. In­stead, keep the an­i­mals in a bed­room or laun­dry area. Not only will they ap­pre­ci­ate the quiet, but also they won’t have a chance to es­cape and get lost.

• Store col­lected candy out of reach. Pets are in­quis­i­tive, and they may be drawn to the sweet smell of candy and treats. Candy wrap­pers and the candy it­self can be haz­ardous to pets. There­fore, store candy where pets can­not ac­cess it and be sure chil­dren dis­card candy wrap­pers.

Spooky dec­o­ra­tions and cos­tumes can in­crease a pet’s anx­i­ety on Hal­loween.

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