Halloween can be a ‘spooktacular’ time of year for many, but it can sometimes be a stressful experience for pets. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pets safe and happy during the Halloween season.
Spend time reassuring your pets if you plan to dress up for Halloween. Masks and makeup may be enjoyable for you, but your pets may find them scary if they don’t recognise you.
Many pet owners enjoy including their pets in the Halloween fun by purchasing pet costumes. It’s completely okay to put your pet in a costume if they are comfortable wearing clothing.
With the constant opening and closing of doors for trick-or-treaters, always ensure that pets are kept from potential escape routes. Microchipping pets is always a good idea in case the unexpected happens.
Decorations have become a big part of Halloween, however, curious pets can sometimes get in to trouble with them. Keep lit candles, jack-o-lanterns and other Halloween decorations out of the reach of pets, this includes human costume pieces, glow sticks, batteries and other holiday items.
If bright lights or loud noises are anticipated, provide a safe and comfortable space for your pets to retreat to.
Keep sweet treats out of reach, this includes chocolate, candy and anything containing xylitol.
Prepare your dog or cat for a relaxed Halloween evening by exercising with them earlier that day. If your pet is tired by the end of the day they are more likely to chill out when the evening comes. Hopefully so much so that when the trick-or-treaters come knocking, they’re less likely to be on alert.
Please don’t leave your dog or cat home alone on Halloween. The combination of loud noises, the doorbell ringing, and strangers dressed up in scary costumes walking around your home may be terrifying for your furry friend.
Be extra careful if you are walking your dog on Halloween night.
So the spooky night is over, what now? Here are a couple of safety tips for safely walking your dog or cat in the dark. Watch out for any candy leftovers and wrappers on sidewalks and streets. Make sure your pet doesn’t pick up any pieces they can choke on.
We hope you and your pets all have a safe and ‘fang-tastic’ Halloween