We all know that Halloween can be great fun for the kids, but that’s not always the case for our fur pals. The commotion can make them anxious, and there are also special dangers to be aware of. Here’s our 6 things to help you make Halloween safe for your fur kids.
- The treats are for trick and treaters, not for Fluffy and Rover! When the action is in full swing and in the days afterwards make sure your pet cannot find the lollies. All chocolate is BAD, for both cats and dogs, and lollies containing xylitol can cause serious issues. If you have any inkling that your pet has eaten chocolate, immediately go to your vet.
- Dress Ups: Not all of us like dress-ups and that can go for our pets too! Wearing a fancy dress for some pets is just stressful, in particular for cats. So please don’t put your pet in a funny outfit unless you know that he or she is comfortable with it. And if you do dress up your pet, make sure the outfit does not limit movement, sight or ability to breath, bark or meouw.
- Check the outfit for small dangly pieces that could be a choking hazard. Bad quality and ill fitting outfits can can get twisted on external objects. It’s also important to test the outfit before the big night. If you see any signs of distress or if your pet shows some strange behaviour, remember it’s not funny – consider your pet first – and maybe just opt for a bandana or something a bit more low key!
- Take care and keep pumpkin lanterns (especially if they have a candle inside) out of reach of your pets, and don’t leave them in areas where they can be knocked over. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting singed by a candle flame. Watch the decorations and keep wires out of reach. (Fortunately pumpkin is not considered toxic so if you pet decides on a taster, that’s not the end of the world!)
- If you have a gate, bear in mind that the trick-or-treaters could be prone to leaving your gate open which could present a risk of your pet running away. Make sure your pet is securely contained if you have trick-or-treaters at your house. It’s also a good time to make sure your pet is microchipped and all details are up to date, and your pet has a petid tag. Ideally make sure that your pet has a safe and quiet place to retreat to, if they feel the need.
- Keep an eye on your pet at all times. Don’t let your pet get caught up in someone else’s silly prank and remember too many strangers can be scary and stressful for some cats and dogs so be aware of your pet’s reactions and act accordingly.
At the end of the day, if something does go wrong and you need a visit to the vet, don’t forget to make sure you have pet insurance! Sort it out now whilst you’re thinking about it!