Purrfectly Safe Howlween for your Pets! 243

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips:

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.

All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts ofxylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.

Vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution. Make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.

Indoors is certainly better than outdoors on Halloween, but your door will be constantly opening and closing, and strangers will be on your doorstep dressed in unusual costumes. This, of course, can be scary for our furry friends, which can result in escape attempts or unexpected aggression. Putting your dog or cat in a secure crate or room away from the front door will reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep glow sticks away from pets.

While glow sticks can help keep people safe on Halloween night, they can add some unwanted drama to the holiday if a pet chews one open. Thankfully, the liquid inside glow sticks is non-toxic, but it does not taste good.  Pets who get into a glow stick may drool, paw at their mouth, become agitated, and sometimes even vomit.  If your pet does chew on a glow give it some fresh water or a small meal to help clear the liquid out of their mouth.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.

While small amounts of corn and pumpkin can be fed safely to many pets, ingesting uncooked, potentially moldy Halloween pumpkins or corn displays can cause big problems. Gastrointestinal upset is a possibility whenever pets eat something they aren’t used to, and intestinal blockage can occur if large pieces are swallowed. So, keep the pumpkins and corn stalks away from your pets. And speaking of pumpkins…

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.

If you are using candles to light your jack-o-lanterns or other Halloween decorations, make sure to place them well out of reach of your pets. Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or causing a fire.

7. Keep electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations out of reach.

Electric and battery-powered Halloween decorations are certainly safer than open candles, but they still can present a risk to pets. Pets who chew on electrical cords can receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock or burn. Batteries may cause chemical burns when chewed open or gastrointestinal blockage if swallowed. Shards of glass or plastic can cause lacerations anywhere on the body or, if swallowed, within the gastrointestinal tract.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.

If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t dangerous or simply annoying to your pet. Costumes should not restrict movement, hearing, eyesight, or the ability to breathe. Pets who are wearing a costume should always be supervised by a responsible adult so that if something goes wrong, it can be addressed right away.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.

Don’t wait until Halloween night to put your pet in a costume for the first time.  Get your pet costumes early, and put them on for short periods of time (and piece by piece, if possible). try to offer treats as a reward and a way to get comfortable.  If your pet really isn’t happy, perhaps skip the costume.   A Halloween themed  bandanna or bow may be a good compromise.

10. ID’s, Please!

If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that he or she will be returned. Collars and tags are ideal if a Good Samaritan is able to collect your wayward pet, but microchips offer permanent identification should the collar or tag fall off. Just make sure the information is up-to-date. Use Halloween as a yearly reminder to double check your address and phone number on tags and with the company who supports pet microchips.

Thank you to PetMD for the helpful article!

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2019 Hurricane Survival Guide – Be Prepared! 129

Hurricane season is here, and Supervisor Ed Romaine reminds residents that the 2019 Hurricane Survival Guide is now available on the Town’s website at www.BrookhavenNY.gov.

The guide is designed to help residents prepare for a hurricane and other severe weather incidents. It covers preparations and procedures for virtually every hurricane scenario and includes hurricane surge maps which are useful in understanding how different areas might be impacted by hurricanes of varying intensities.  There are also important phone numbers, lists, tips, a Family Disaster Supplies Kit check list, and tear sheets for use at home and at work.

“Brookhaven Town has many miles of coastline, which makes us vulnerable to hurricanes and other severe weather conditions,” said Supervisor Romaine. “Residents need to be informed and prepared to keep their family and property safe. I encourage everyone to take the time to read the guide and take action now.”

 

 

East Patchogue Street Dedicated in Honor of 9/11 First Responder Mark “Ski” Gajewski 172

On Saturday, August 17th, Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Michael Loguercio officially dedicated a portion of Martha Avenue in East Patchogue as “Mark W. Gajewski Way.”  Mr. Gajewski, a professional welder, was a first responder on 9/11 who selflessly spent 9 months cleaning up at “Ground Zero.” He lost his battle with 9/11-related lung cancer on December 11th, 2017.  Mr.Gajewski, also known as “Ski,” was heralded as a man who spent a lifetime helping others in need.  In 2005, he drove his truck to New Orleans to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Pictured left to right are Assemblyman Joe DeStaphano; Debra Gajewski (wife); Supervisor Ed Romaine; Crystal Gajewski (daughter); Councilman Michael Loguercio; Sean Gajewski (son) and County Legislator Rudy Sunderman.

Supervisor Romaine said, “It’s important that we honor those who exemplify the true spirit of community. Mark Gajewski was an ordinary man who performed extraordinary acts and sacrificed his own life to help others. His family should take pride in knowing how much we all appreciate his courage to do the right thing.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “I was proud to stand among Mark’s family and friends to celebrate his life. We will never forget his courage and determination to make a difference in the lives of so many people. I am thankful for the opportunity to honor his memory and share this day with so many great people.”

 

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