October 26, 2015 - 12:00 PM
CENTRAL OKANAGAN - Halloween can be a fun time, especially for youngsters. But it may also provide totally preventable stress on four-legged members of your family.
While trick and treating is underway in neighbourhoods across the Central Okanagan, it’s recommended that dog owners keep their pets indoors. The Central Okanagan Dog Control Service says at this time of year it typically receives a few reports of dogs being frightened and running out into streets, where they could be accidentally injured by passing motorists.
Dog owners should also ensure their license tag is attached on their pet’s collar or harness, just in case it accidentally escapes when doors are opened to hand out goodies. A dog license will help get your pet back should it unexpectedly get away. Another benefit of keeping your dog license current is that should it get away, there’s a one-time free ticket home!
The BC SPCA offers some handy tips to help reduce the Halloween stress on your dog. It suggests keeping your pet in a quiet room away from all the activities, or to provide background music, a radio or TV to lessen any outside sounds, knocks at the door or ringing doorbells. It offers several other helpful suggestions for dog owners.
In addition, please keep candy, chocolate and wrappers out of the range of your pet as they could cause serious harm. The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has excellent resources available for a wide range of dog behaviours and conditions including considerations for Halloween.
Residents of the Central Okanagan are reminded that across the region, fireworks are not allowed to be sold or set off, unless authorized by local fire departments. Penalties vary depending on the local jurisdiction, but there’s also the safety hazard and potential for serious burns or injury posed by exploding fireworks.
Dog owners are reminded that all dogs over the age of three months in the Central Okanagan are required to be licensed. Dogs without a valid 2015 license will be subject to a fine of $300.
Licenses may be purchased anytime online at the Regional District website; at any local government office; North Westside Fire Rescue main hall; the Kelowna Branch of the SPCA and the Regional Dog Pound at 890 Weddell Pl. in Kelowna.
All 2015 licenses expire December 31st and must be renewed by February 29th, 2016 without any penalty.
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