Make no bones about it, Halloween can be a pretty frightening time for our pets.
With all the excitement around at this time of year, it’s easy to overlook potential hazards in the home, leaving pets vulnerable.
This month I have put together a list of horrors to be aware of which will help you keep your pets safe and happy this Halloween. Spook-tacular!
Trick but hide the treats!
Most responsible pet owners will be aware of the danger to pets from ingesting inappropriate treats such as chocolate, which is highly toxic to them. However, lots of other treats meant for humans can be just as dangerous, even healthier options such as raisins and grapes which can cause kidney failure in pets. Wrappers, chewing gum, sweets and lollipop sticks pose a hazard so it’s really important to keep treats in pet-proof containers and make sure rubbish is in a secure bin where it can’t be chewed on.
Hubble bubble, decorations mean trouble
It wouldn’t really be Halloween without a lantern or two, but naked flames and wagging tails don’t tend to mix well and singed whiskers are not a good look either. Candle decorations should always be kept out of reach from curious paws, along with glowsticks and glow jewellery which may be punctured with a sharp tooth and can cause some distressing symptoms.
Does my tail look big in this?
As entertaining as it might be to have a miniature Aslan or four-legged Captain Hook running around the lounge, dressing pets up could mean they struggle to behave normally, causing disorientation, stress and panic. Ribbons, sequins, beads and wire can also be a choking hazard so it’s really best to leave the dressing up to the humans.
Hide and seek
Dinging doorbells, creepy callers and startling sounds can all cause anxiety in pets and leaving them outside means they are vulnerable to being teased or spooked by trick or treaters. Keep pets safe from the eerie excitement indoors, in a quiet room away from the front door, where they can hide away and stay calm.
Despite our best efforts, accidents can still happen. If you spot your pet behaving strangely, keep an eye on them. If they start to display symptoms that you are worried about including being unsteady on their feet, vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties or seizures call your vet immediately.