Halloween Pet Safety Tips
OSCAR Blog: Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween can be a scary time for our family pets. With the comings and goings of trick-or-treaters, it's important to remember the safety of our pets in order to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone!
A word of advice from our resident Behaviourist, Shelley Aspden BSc (Hons) MSc
- Exercise your dog before trick-or-treaters come out to play! Excitable children and spooky Halloween costumes can be very intimidating to dogs.
- If you meet trick-or-treaters on your walk, make sure you have a firm hold of the lead in case your dog is frightened by them. It can be useful to ask your dog to sit as they walk past.
- Asking your dog to sit and wait for a treat as trick-or-treaters walk by will help to keep your dog relaxed.
- Make sure your dog or cat can not escape through the front door when you greet trick-or-treaters at the door. Keep connecting doors closed or keep your dog behind a baby gate.
- It is a good idea to keep you dog or cat in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
- Avoid bringing your dog to greet trick-or-treaters, you never know what spooky surprises are waiting to greet you and it may scare your dog.
- Keep irresistible sweet dishes out of reach...it might be too much for your dog to resist!
- If you're thinking of dressing your pet in a Halloween outfit, make sure they don't become stressed. If your pet does become stressed, remove the clothing immediately. Avoid any clothing that restricts your pet's movements or their ability to drink, take a treat or carry out toileting.
- If you're decorating your house for Halloween keep the decorations out of the reach of your pets.
We hope this advice is useful for you and your pet family. Maybe your friends and family would like to read this too? Please feel free to share...