With Halloween around the corner it’s an important time to think about pets in your household and their safety coming up to and on the night. Halloween can be an extremely frightening time for our pets. From fireworks and bangers being set off, ringing of the doorbell and people dressed up in costume, we need to make sure our pets feel safe and secure.
1. Keep pets inside
Fireworks are illegal in Ireland but using Fireworks for celebrations is becoming common. Don’t keep pets outdoors when Fireworks are going off and ensure that they have a safe, quiet place inside where they are not frightened by the noise and where they cannot escape. Dogs and cats may also try to run away if they feel threatened.
The strange sights and sounds of Halloween can cause a normally friendly dog to bite if it feels scared or threatened. Pets who are inside have fewer opportunities to confront trick-or-treaters. If you think it would be fun to bring your pet trick-or-treating, your pet may not agree!
Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.
2. Trick or Treats – not for pets
Sugary sweets can lead to health problems in pets such as diabetes or obesity. Chocolate is especially dangerous because it contains the obromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats. The severity of the toxicity depends greatly on factors such as breed, age, size, and how much was ingested. Problems may range from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death. If you have any concerns at all, consult with a Vet immediately. If you want to keep your dog safe, Keep treats well away from your pets.
3. Don’t put your pet in costume
Dressing your pet in a costume makes them prone to aggression. Pets can become tangled in elaborate, tight-fitting costumes with strings, ties, belts and other items. Difficulty in mobility can lead to bodily injury, including strangulation. Never leave a pet unattended while wearing a costume. Parts of a costume can become chewed and ingested and can in turn potentially lead to foreign body ingestion which can be life threatening to your pet.
4. Protect dogs from candles and pumpkins
Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin. Be sure those items are away from your dog’s reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn.
5. Keep your dog away from doors & windows
Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and there will be a larger than usual amount of noise and excitement. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night . Consider leaving your pet in a separate room with the radio or television on to disguise the sound of fireworks and trick-or-treaters. Be sure to leave plenty of toys in the room for your pet so that he doesn’t think he’s being isolated as a punishment.
Of course, it is important to protect your pet all year round and not just at Halloween.
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