Halloween is a time of spookiness and fun for humans, but it can bring unexpected dangers for our pets. To keep them safe, happy and healthy during this time, be mindful of their well-being and take steps to ensure they have a stress-free Halloween by following our top tips:
No human treats
Many Halloween treats, like chocolate and sugar-free candy containing Xylitol, are harmful to pets. Keep these goodies well out of their reach. If you suspect your pet has eaten treats, be sure to get in touch with your local vet clinic immediately.
Check ID tags
Excited or frightened pets can bolt and get lost. Check that your pet’s tags and/or microchips have up-to-date corresponding contact details.
Some pets will be happy to dress up with you, others not so much. Ensure your pet is comfortable and respect your pet’s boundaries. If your pet is happy to dress up, check them regularly to ensure they are not overheating and remain comfortable.
Supervise your pets around decorations and ensure your pet has a safe space to retreat from Halloween’s havoc. Provide your pet with a quiet, secure place to retreat if the excitement becomes too much. The retreat can be a separate room with their favourite toys, bedding, and water. Closing doors and windows will help keep them contained and safe. If noise disturbs your pet, consider getting a calming pheromone diffuser.
How to Identify If Your Pet Ate Something Harmful:
Pay attention to warning signs
Keep an eye out for distress signals in your pet, such as:
- Vomiting or reduced appetite
- Unusual restlessness/ panting
If you spot any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately so the symptoms can be investigated further. Giving your vet as much information as possible ensures the team can work towards a treatment plan that works for the situation and results in a fast and effective recovery.
Provide a Comprehensive History
When seeking veterinary assistance, thoroughly review your pet’s recent activities and potential exposure to toxins. This information is crucial for your vet to create a treatment plan, ensuring quick and effective recovery.
Halloween is meant for enjoyment and togetherness, not for worrying about the well-being of our furry family members. Following these guidelines ensures that Halloween is a safe and joyful occasion for both people and pets.