Halloween can be a lot of fun for kids and adults but as fright night approaches, it is important for pet owners to remember that what might be fun for us can be daunting and potentially dangerous for our pets.
In this week’s blog we have some top tips to ensure your furry friends don’t get spooked this Halloween.
Keep Halloween treats away from pets. Chocolate; especially dark chocolate and sweets sweetened with xylitol, is toxic to dogs. The same holds true for raisins, grapes and certain nuts. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, call your vet immediately or the RSPCA. If you would like to include your pet in the festivities, choose items specifically made for pets.
Halloween decorations can look amazing in and around our homes, but if you decorate, make sure any wires or cords are out of reach to your pet. It’s a safety precaution that can prevent burns, cuts or even electrical shock. Also, be sure to use extreme caution with candles or open flames. A wagging tale or curious cat can easily tip over a candle causing burns or starting a fire.
Costumes are a key element of Halloween. If you’re thinking about dressing your animal in a costume, make sure your pet likes dressing up as much as you. Pay attention to how well your pet tolerates wearing a costume and make sure it fits well. A costume should not restrict your pet’s movements in any way, its breathing, sight or hearing. Ensure there are no small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that your pet could choke on. Check the costume frequently to ensure it has not twisted or your pet has not become tangled in any way. Never leave your pet unattended in a costume.
Remember that your pet might be frightened by others in costume; even people they know. Some animals may become unexpectedly fearful or aggressive. The constant activity of a doorbell ringing or people at the door can be enough to upset a normally calm pet. If you notice your pet is becoming distressed, put them in a quiet place away from all activity.
During Halloween festivities, it is recommended to keep your pet indoors to prevent them from being chased, frightened or teased by trick-or-treaters. While indoors, pets should be kept away from the front door, so they don’t accidentally dash out and become lost.
Head to Pets Corner in PE1 this Halloween to pick up some fang-tastic treats for your pets. Their knowledgeable staff can also provide advice and guidance about keeping animals safe during spooky season.