Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year. Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for children and adults; unfortunately it can be a frightening and even dangerous time for pets. We recommend following these guidelines to keep your pet safe and stress-free on Halloween:
Keep sweets & chocolate away from your pet
Sweets and Chocolate are very harmful to pets and on Halloween there is an increased chance that your pet may consume some. Chocolate is toxic to pets and sweets wrapped in plastic can lead to a choking hazards and may cause an obstruction or upset stomach. Avoid this hazard by keeping all treats out of your pets reach and keep a supply of pet-safe treats for those curious pets. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please contact us immediately on 028 3752 6777.
Keep your pet relaxed
Pets can become skittish and anxiety ridden on Halloween due to the incessant ringing of the doorbell, constant squeals and fireworks. Take extra precaution on Halloween by keeping pets indoors from trick-or-treaters as strangers dressed in unfamiliar and scary costumes can also alarm some pets, increasing their anxiety. If your pets get very stressed at Halloween, keep them calm by using Homeopet Anxiety TFLN, Thundershirt or even products from the Adaptil and Feliway range that uses artificial pheromones to relax your pet – All products are available instore and online.
ID Tags / Microchipping
Don’t keep pets outdoors; even the best-trained pets can become spooked or aggressive in the noise and confusion of Halloween. If you are confident to include your pet in the Halloween festivities make sure they are secure on a leash with proper ID tags and are microchipped. If you haven’t done so already, visit us for a microchip prior to the festivities of Halloween. Should your pet become lost, an ID tag or a microchip can help quickly reunite you with your dog or cat.
Stay visible while trick –or-treating
It can be extremely enjoyable to wander the streets the night of Halloween and appreciate the decorations and costumes of your neighbours. However, all trick-or-treaters should be visible to drivers in the dark. You can keep your pet visible by attaching a Blinky light to their collar or costume.
Who doesn’t love a pet in costume? You may, but your pet may feel differently. Costumes can be an unnecessary source of stress and anxiety for pets. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume. Check out our safe Halloween costumes online.
Dangerous Decorations / Bonfires
If you like to decorate your home in the Halloween spirit, take into consideration what you’re putting on display and where the decorations will be placed. Easy-to-reach decorations — or candles — can be eaten or knocked over, potentially leading to choking, foreign body ingestion, electrical shock and even burns. Avoid hazardous decorations and don’t let pets near bonfires or other dangerous items.
We hope these tips help keep your pet safe this holiday and that you and your pet both have a very Happy Halloween.