Halloween season is once again upon us and with it, brings fireworks, trick or treaters and scary costumes. All the stuff us humans can’t get enough of, but unfortunately for our pet’s, these are the things of nightmares!
Many pet owners report that their pet shows visible signs of anxiety around this time of year so let’s look at some ways to relieve this stress.
Prevention and Preparation
There are some things you can do in the run-up to Halloween that will help alleviate the stress your pet experiences on Halloween night. Homeopet Anxiety TFLN is a 100% natural product that can be used in the lead up to Halloween and is suitable for all types of animals who are displaying symptoms of anxiety.
In the approach to Halloween, praise your pet for positive responses to fireworks and other loud noises. This will work as a reward for dogs with newly acquired sensitivities to firework noise or as a comfort to dogs with a more serious fear.
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, dark place indoors where your pet can feel safe; this will help to block out the flashing lights of fireworks and use a radio or television to help drown out the noise (we're not too sure if Justin Bieber sounds better or worse than fireworks so best to stick to the classics!).
It would be wise to close the door on this room to prevent your pet from escaping should they become startled or when trick or treaters call but be aware this may make them feel alone. If possible we would advise ensuring there is a closed door between the front door and the room in which your pet is taking shelter.
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.
Diffuse the situation
Use this as a safe space for your pet to retreat to over the course of the day encouraging them with their favourite toy and chew.
The interactive K9 Connectable Dog Toys are an ideal toy to fill with treats that will help keep your dog occupied.
Dogs in particular are territorial and the constant callers could agitate him, look out for signs of this in your dog and if you are concerned, do not force your dog to receive any unwanted attention.
The Pet Remedy Plug in Diffuser is clinically proven to lower stress and anxiety in all pets by mimicking GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), a natural calming agent present in all mammals, reptiles, and birds. The 40ml diffuser bottle last for 8 weeks so can be used before and after Halloween to maximise its benefits.
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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 if you suspect your dog has eaten something please call your local veterinary practice immediately.
Let your dog join in the fun by providing some doggy friendly chocolate treats instead, the Leaps and Bounds Woof-Bar is a completely safe dog treat that is made with real milk chocolate.
Dress to impress
Not all pets like to be dressed up so bear this in mind before planning matching Halloween costumes. Your pet's costume shouldn't constrict their movement in any way and always keep a close eye on your pet if they are wearing costumes.
Walk your dog before it gets dark and try to avoid bringing him trick or treating. Should you need to walk him in low lit conditions the WeatherBeeta Reflective Dog Coat offers ultimate reflective protection.
If your pet seeks comfort from you, give it to them as they will feel safer by just being with you.
Stay safe and have a great Halloween!
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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.