Halloween is getting more and more popular each year,
While it can be great fun,
Halloween does present some hazards for our pets.
Here are some simple precautions that can help keep your pet happy this halloween:
Keep The Treat Bowl Away From Your Pets.
Keep sweets out of your pets reach.
Most pet owners are aware that chocolate in any form can be dangerous for cats and dogs.
Sugar free sweets also can contain artificial sweeteners such as xylitol which can also cause serious problems for your pet.
And remember many human foods including grapes and raisins can be toxic for your pets.
If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your vet immediately.
Keep Your Pet Calm.
Your pet may become anxious or stressed by people in costumes, knocking at the door or ringing the door bell.
Try and keep your pet in an area away from the door and be careful your pet doesn’t try to escape while you hand out treats. Its always a good idea to make sure your dog or cat is wearing a collar and tag or your pet is microchipped and that the contact details are correct in case your pet does get spooked and ends up lost.
Pets should not be left outside as they may get frightened by people in costumes, unfamiliar noises or could be fed a halloween treat.
You can create a quite space inside for your pet where they will feel calm and safe.
You may also wish to use calming products which are available to help your pets when they’re feeling stressed.
There are different types of calming products available, you can call our team to help you choose the right one for your pet.
Keep Pets Away From Decorations.
Halloween decorations are best placed where your pet can’t get to them.
Candles and lit pumpkins can easily be knocked over by pets and could cause a fire.
Some decorations can have small parts or wires that your pet might want to play with and glow sticks can be toxic if chewed by your pet.
Choose Costumes Carefully.
If you are thinking about dressing your pet up we would only recommend doing this if it has a clear welfare benefit for the animal. There are costumes which are available that are designed with welfare in mild and can still be fun.
Costumes can cause unnecessary stress to your pet, make sure any costumes don’t restrict your pets natural movement and behaviour. If your pet shows any signs of distress while wearing a costume it is recommended to remove it immediately.
Remember to always check costumes for any damage that could be dangerous for your pet. Small parts could easily become a choking hazard and check the costume fits correctly, so it doesn’t get caught on anything or cause injury to your pet.