Safety tips for pet owners this Halloween

The wonderful tradition of Halloween is almost upon us, the excitement of the occasion could prove to be a distracting time for your pets; stop to have a read of the safety tips we have outlined below:

No Human Treats

This Halloween make sure you keep your treats out of reach. Chocolate is especially dangerous for your dogs as it contains a stimulant (like coffee) which is poisonous to dogs. If eaten, some symptoms to look out for are vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness and incoordination. If you believe your dog may have eaten some chocolate, seek veterinary advice from a vet as soon as possible.

Pet Pranks

Each year many pets are subject to pranks by trick or treaters so keeping them indoors will minimise the risk of any cruel incidents. One main problem we find around Halloween is black cats go missing, so be extra vigilant if you own a black cat.

Pumpkins

It is a common misconception that pumpkins can cause stomach upset with our pets, especially dogs. However they are high in fibre, low in fat and cholesterol and loaded with beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamins A and C, so are actually good for them.

Lighting Pumpkins/Candles

Lit pumpkins, candles and jack o’lanterns set the atmosphere for the Halloween tradition. Be sure to keep your creative carvings on high worktops and out of reach from your pets to minimise the risk of an accident with a lit candle.

Decorations

In the same breath, be aware of potential risks other decorations such as lights and wires as they can become a choking, tripping, entanglement and electrocution hazard. Especially if they are new decorations that your pet isn’t used to. Be sure to take the time to make them familiar with their new surroundings and obstacles.

Don’t leave pets out

Pets often get uneasy with strangers knocking on the door, even more so if they are dressed up in a scary Halloween costumes. They, and you, will have a much better time if they are kept away, with a playful distraction like our long lasting chew toy the Busy Buddy Ultra Stratos http://store.intl.petsafe.net/en-gb/busy-buddy-ultra-stratos.

Reactions

With new visitors knocking on your door and bringing with them squirty trick or treat pranks, remember your pets can have react to any product that ends up on your entrance hall floor, and ingest any residue left on the floor.

Costumes

If you decide to dress up your beloved pet this Halloween, first make sure they are comfortable with the idea. By forcing them into an outfit, you could cause unnecessary stress, therefore be mindful of the fitting in case it is constricting their movement or causes difficulty breathing.

ID Tags

This Halloween, make sure you have the best chance of finding your pet if they get lost with an up-to-date- tag or microchipped. Make sure your address details are up to date on the microchip database.

Awareness

We all know how excited our pets can be when there’s a knock on the door. Not all visitors will be comfortable with pets, so keep dogs and cats away from the door during this time to ensure a fun filled Halloween.

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