Helpful Hallowe’en hints
Hallowe’en can be a hugely fun time with parties, trick or treating and of course sweeties! However, it can also pose potential dangers for our pets. Be careful when storing treats/sweets, especially chocolate which can cause serious harm if eaten. The darker the chocolate, the higher the risk but any ingestion needs to be taken seriously. If you think your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, call your vet for advice.
As Hallowe’en falls on a Thursday this year, a lot of people will be having parties this weekend. During Autumn, there are a lot of celebrations that use fireworks, namely Hallowe’en, Diwali and Bonfire night. It goes without saying, the noise and spectacle can really frighten animals. If you plan to use fireworks at your get together, let neighbours know in advance so they can make sure their pets, who live indoors or out, will feel as safe as possible. We urge people not to use fireworks privately as they can and do cause so much upset and potential injury to all creatures, including wildlife.
Not having a party?
If you are staying indoors you may still get visits from trick or treaters. Consider putting a sign on your front door to asking people not to knock if you have a pet who suffers from stress. Make a den for your pet to hide in, this may be behind the sofa, under a bed or somewhere specially made. Let your pet stay there and don’t try to coax them out. Turn the TV volume up and draw the curtains to mask the noise and visual flares. If your pet is more sociable, be aware that with the door being open and closed to several people, there is a higher risk they could get out. Making sure their microchip details are up to date is essential.
Dressing up? Not for us!
We advise owners against dressing up their pets in outfits or costumes as this can cause them stress and restricts them in showing their natural behaviour and how they may be feeling. A new game or toy is a much better way to have fun together.