🎃ARE YOU PREPARED FOR HALLOWEEN? 🎃
Halloween is almost here, so your house may be visited by many trick-or-treaters.
The following tips may help keep Halloween a safe and happy experience for you and your pets.
Your house may be visited by many people wearing unusual and frightening costumes which may cause your pets distress. Consider keeping them in a safe space with some distractions and their favourite treats to keep them away from your ghoulish visitors.
Ensure that your pet is wearing a collar with identification and that their microchip details are up to date, just in case they do get out during the festivities.
Take care with candles which may get knocked over causing burns and potentially setting the house on fire.
Pets may look very cute wearing Halloween costumes, but many pets actually don’t like wearing costumes. To keep stress to a minimum, it is best to allow your pet to get used to their outfit over time. The costume should be safe and comfortable and should not interfere with how you pet can move, breathe, hear and see. If your pet shows signs of stress with their costumes, perhaps just leave the Halloween outfits for the humans.
You may have stocked up on delicious lollies and chocolates for the trick-or-treaters, but lollies and chocolates can be very toxic to pets. Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause gastroenteritis and heart problems. Some lollies may contain xylitol, a sugar replacement, which is very toxic to dogs. Xylitol causes hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels), vomiting, weakness, seizures and possibly death. Please keep all human treats away from your four-legged friends.
With a bit of planning and consideration for your pet’s needs, any special event can be enjoyed stress-free.
Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!