Halloween Safety

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top Safety Tips to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November
Don't feed your pets Halloween chocolates or sweets. They contain xylitol which can be lethal for your furry friends.

  • Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters.

  • Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets.

  • If you plan to put a costume on your pet, firstly ensure they like it; some do, some don’t! Secondly; make sure it fits properly and is comfortable, doesn't have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Take time to get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.

  • Keep glow sticks and glow jewellery away from your pets. Although the liquid in these products isn't likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.

  • If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to nip, put him/her in another room during trick-or-treating hours or provide him/her with a safe hiding place;

  • Keep your pet inside.

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  • Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if he or she wants to and has access to this place at all times. For example this could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.

  • During firework seasons, walk dogs during daylight hours and keep cats and dogs indoors when fireworks are likely to be set off.

  • At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.

  • If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour. Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.

  • Never punish or fuss over your pet when it's scared as this will only make things worse in the long run.

  • Make sure your cat or dog is always kept in a safe and secure environment and can’t escape if there’s a sudden noise.

  • Again, Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they do escape.

You can buy calming products to ease your pets stress levels. Pop in to PetShed for some free and impartial advice.