From scary ghosts to jack-o-lanterns, this Halloween can prove a bit of a challenge for our four legged friends.
Don’t let your little ones become a victim by keeping to our top Halloween tips!
1. KEEP SWEETS OUT OF REACH
Chocolate, and especially dark chocolate and baking chocolate, contain the an ingredient called theobromine, and sweets can contain something called xylitol, both of which are toxic to pets and can cause some pretty nasty symptoms.
2. KEEP PETS SAFELY INDOORS
It’s an unfortunate truth, but some people have been known to pull some vicious pranks on pets during Halloween. Shelters have even been known to cease adoption for black pets during this time.
3. KEEP PETS CONFINED
Keep your pets indoors and safely away from the front door with all the trick-or-treaters coming and going. Some pets may react badly to strangers or someone in a costume so it is better to be safe than risk unexpected aggression or an escape attempt.
4. GLOW STICKS ARE A NO GO
A glow stick may seem harmless enough but sometimes our pets surprise us with what they decide to chew. A glow stick may contain non-toxic liquid, but it still has the potential to make your fur friend feel very sorry for themselves.
5. PUMPKINS & CORN COBS
Pumpkin and corn is no big deal for pets when cooked, but hardened, uncooked chunks of pumpkin or a corn cob can cause a gastrointestinal blockage or upset
6. WHEN PUMPKINS ARE LIT
While really pretty, if your dog knocks a jack-o-lantern over or your cat brushes past one there is a real risk of them catching fire so make sure they are out of reach
7. ELECTRIC & BATTERY OPERATED DECORATIONS
Some Halloween decorations can really look like your pet’s toys, but if they chew on an electric cord or a battery they risk electric shock and chemical burns. Don’t let your pet be a casualty of this unfortunate mistake.
8. COSTUME TIME
Some pets are used to costumes and some aren’t. Be wary that fitting them with a new look this Halloween can be quite stressful for them and can even make them overheat. Even pets used to wearing coats and such should always be supervised so any costume fail can quickly be amended.
9. MICROCHIPS ARE A MUST!
Halloween and other celebrated holidays often see an increase in lost pets. Those that find their way home the fastest are the ones with up-to-date microchips and a collar with contact details.
Celebrating halloween with your pet doens't have to be a nightmare with some careful prep time to keep your fur friend safe and happy.