Halloween can be a strange time for your pet, everyone going around in strange masks, strange new noises and cobwebs everywhere, it's not hard to see how they can get a bit confused. To help you keep your pets safe and worry free, here's some of our top tips!
- Sweets and chocolates are not for pets. While it can be tempting to throw your pet a few chocolate biscuits that fell out of the trick or treat bag, you shouldn't. Chocolate, even in small doses is poisonous to cats and dogs. Dark chocolate is especially bad but all chocolate can lead to vomiting, increased breathing and heart-rate and even seizures or death. Not only chocolate artificial sweeteners like xylitol which is found in loads of sweets, can cause lose of co-ordination and seizures in pets. Moral of the story is that treats are not for pets.
- Candles and Jack'o'lanterns are open flames and dangerous. Pets can become excited by all the commotion and begin jumping about quite a bit, even cats climbing on shelves or around candles are in a bit of dangers. A stray wagging tail or a misplaced jump can mean hot wax or naked flame burning a pet. The best way to combat this is to either hold back on the flames or to keep your pets in a room where they won't be disturbed and they can do their own thing. Away from all the noise and commotion and dangers that are prowling about outside.
- Even more of a reason to pick up your litter. Small tin-foil wrappers, drink holder plastic or even bottle lids can be guzzled up by a keen dog pretty quickly causing respiratory problems like choking or just giving them a really bad tummy ache. There are loads of home-made recipes for pet treats that are safe for them and these are miles better.
- All the visitors may be a bit scary. Some dogs go crazy when the doorbell goes anyway, let alone if the buzzer goes off every 10 minutes. The constant agitation and excitement for a dog can quickly turn to frustration and stress. Loads of people coming and going is sure to cause upset. Again, with this the best bet is to keep your pet away from the and in their own personal space. Moving your pet into their own room and giving them some comforts of their own like a bed or their toys can really help them get comfortable and escape all the commotion.