How to have a safe Halloween with your cat or dog
Halloween is one of the best times of the year, from the fancy dress and sweets, to spooky scary skeletons and fantastic decorations. In recent years the tradition has been increasing in popularity in the UK, but this is making it a little bit harder for pet owners.
The festivities, decorations, and food all pose hazards to the home, especially for pets. However, if you want to have a pet friendly Halloween, take a look at Petplan’s tips below to ensure a happy, fun, and above all, safe, holiday.
Sweets and chocolate!
This is one of the big ones. As pet owners, we’re all aware of the danger that sweets and chocolate in the home can bring for our pets. It used to be just Christmas and Easter when this was a concern, but now the hazard has spread to Halloween.
On Halloween, you’ll no doubt have an increased amount of Human treats in the home, either for a children’s party, trick or treating, or for the little ghosts and ghouls who come knocking on your door. Just like at Christmas, it’s important that you keep these out of the way of your pet as they can be extremely toxic to cats and dogs, as they are unable to metabolise the theobromine in the same way that humans can.
Veterinarians say that the smaller your cat or dog is, the more dangerous consuming these food are. If you find that your pet has eaten any sweets or chocolate contact your vet immediately for advice.
Halloween decorations are one of the most entertaining aspects of the whole holiday and some people really know how to decorate. However, if you’re a dog or cat owner it’s imperative that you take extra care when decorating your own home to avoid any unfortunate accidents.
First off, you need to ensure that any electrical wires are hidden or, ideally, completely out of reach of pets to minimise the dangers of these being chewed. It’s also important to ensure any spooky jack-o’-lanterns lit with candles are nowhere near your animals and that any small choking hazards are placed safely out of reach.
Fake cobwebs can be a real choking hazard, so it’s important that you take extra care when you’re looking to spread some Halloween fear. After all, the health and safety of your pet should be paramount.
Leaving your pet at home
While Halloween in the UK hasn’t yet reached the peak that it has in the US, you’re still likely to see plenty of creatures of the night wandering up and down the street. While this may be cute and entertaining for us, it may not be the same for your dog or cat. Dogs should definitely be kept inside and even though your cat can probably take care of itself, it’s not worth risking any undue stress or anxiety so Petplan recommends keeping them in too.
A good way to prepare your outdoor cat for the upcoming night is to keep them indoors a few times prior to Halloween so they become used to it. Again, shutting in an outdoor cat could lead to increased stress in your pet, so it’s best to do it gradually.
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