Top Ten Halloween Safety Tips From The ASPCA

Attention, bird lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1.

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  1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters,

        not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially

       dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and

       cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also

       cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something

       toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison

      Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

  1. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are

       considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach

       upset in pets who nibble on them.

  1. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be

      kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts

      or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

  1. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you

      Choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and

      cause a fire. Curious kittens and birds especially run the risk of getting

      burned or singed by candle flames.

  1. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don’t put your dog

      or cat or bird in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a

      few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,”

      however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

  1. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or

      unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or

      impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on

      costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic

      or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or

      donning a festive bandana.

  1. Take a closer look at your  pet’s costume and make sure it does not have

      small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also,

      ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

      8.  All but the most social pets should be kept in a separate room away from

      the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can

      be scary and stressful for pets.

  1. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your pet doesn’t

      dart outside.

      10.  IDs, please! Always make sure your pet has proper identification. If for any

      reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip

      can be a lifesaver, increasing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission:

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For anyone wishing to read more about the concept of animal Welfare VS Animal Rights (see our previous post this morning), you may download a short article from our dropbox, shared with permission: 

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Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals' welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start. Understanding how we evaluate animals' care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGF's flock is central to our approach to our birds' welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm
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Thoughts for a Sunday morning.
With much bird and animal tragedy in recent news stories, we often feel helpless about what can we do. How can we help? If we care about animals welfare, how does that label us? Clarity on the differences between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights is a good place to start.  Understanding how we evaluate animals care when we apply the Five Freedoms for TGFs flock is central to our approach to our birds welfare. What do you think? Share your ideas and photos with us about what these concepts mean to you. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20121010012427/http://www.fawc.org.uk/freedoms.htm