Halloween can be a scary time for your pet so it’s important to help keep them safe.
Keep your pets in at Halloween
Keeping pets in on Halloween and the days following protects them from the loud noise of fireworks and bangers, it also ensures your pet won’t be the target of a cruel Halloween prank. Create a quiet, safe place indoors where your pet can feel safe. On Halloween night consider placing your pet in a room that you can close the door, with all the callers your pet can become frightened and escape. Dogs especially are territorial and the constant callers could agitate him.
Small animals that normally live outside should be moved to a garage or shed to protect them, however if this is not possible we recommend soundproofing their hutches with duvets or carpets.
Should your pet escape, their identification collar and micro chip will ensure they safely find their way home. Ensure all contact details are up to date and correct.
Trick or Treat
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs so no sharing the goody bag! Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Keep some pet friendly treats on hand.
Dress to impress
Not all pets like to be dressed up so bear this in mind before planning matching Halloween costumes. Your pets costume shouldn't constrict their movement in any way and always keep a close eye on your pet.
Try not to overly fuss over an anxious pet, allow them some space to calm down. Drown out the noise of fireworks with some music (we're not too sure if Justin Bieber sounds better or worse than fireworks so best to stick to the classics!) or play a game to distract them. Your pet will feel safer by just being with you.
Stay safe and have a great Halloween!
If you notice any animal being mistreated this Halloween please notify your local Gardai and contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515.