Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for us humans, but have you ever stopped to consider what impact this celebration has on your pets?
We have put together a list of issues that you might want to consider to help keep your pets safe during Halloween.
Sweets & Chocolates
The biggest issue at Halloween, when it comes to your pets, is the increased amount of potential edible dangers that are present in the house. Whether it be your children bringing back a big haul or if you yourself have bought treats for tick-or-treaters. If you do plan on having sweets and chocolates out, make sure that your pets do not have access to them at all times. Never leave your pet alone in the same room as potential food dangers. No matter how well trained the pet, you cannot account for their desire to eat. The most common issues vets treat over Halloween is pets with gastrointestinal issues such a vomiting and diarrhea. Keep those treats our of reach to ensure your pet has a safe Halloween.
While pumpkin, prepared in the right way, can be a healthy ingredient a jack-o’-lantern can pose a different issue all together. Raw pumpkin is not the best think for pets to eat. It’s not just the taste of the pumpkin that poses a risk to your pet, it’s also the candle inside. While your jack-o’-lantern may look fantastic when lit, make sure you keep it securely out of your pet’s reach. Your dog might not be able to reach it, but your agile cat may decided to take a closer look, even when you think it is out of reach. NEVER leave your pet unattended in a room with a lit jack-o’-lantern.
If you like to dress your pet up for Halloween, make sure that you have thought about their costume thoroughly. If your pet has never worn pet clothing before it might cause them a lot of stress. If you have bought one specially designed for pets, ensure that you have picked the right size and that your pet is comfortable moving around in it. If they seem to be uncomfortable in the outfit, don’t let them suffer, take them out of it as soon as possible. If you plan on making your pet a costume from scratch, make sure you use materials that won’t cause them harm. Toxic paints and other materials can make your pet very sick. NEVER leave your pet in a costume unattended.
Anxiety & Stress
Whether it’s fireworks or the constant knocking at the door from trick-or-treaters, Halloween can be an intense and stressful time for some pets. Just like with fireworks, create a safe space in the house for your pet to retreat to out of the way. You can also use a range of stress reducing products such as Adaptil, Feliway or Zylkene to help keep them calm. The constant knocking at the door and you having to move constantly can confuse your pet, so make sure you do all that you can to help give them a stress-free Halloween.
If you plan on having a Halloween party, consider keeping your pets out of the way. Think of the potential choking hazards for your pets if you are doing up your house with spooky decorations. Halloween parties usually come with food and drink that can cause your pet a lot of digestive and other health risks. Just like with the sweets and chocolates, if you have guests slipping your pets food they shouldn’t be eating, then your pet’s health could really be put at risk.