KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE AT HALLOWE'EN
by Miriam Kerins
below article is written as a guideline and as an
education/information source only. It is in no way intended
to be used, nor should it ever be used, as a substitute for
professional veterinary advice. If you have any concerns
regarding your animal's health or behaviour, please contact
your local veterinarian, who is a professional; without
Halloween, although a joyous occasion for families, can be a
very stressful time for your pets and for farm animals.
Yes, it’s often hard to understand how the season of trick
or treating can often serve to bring out the worst in some
people, so much so, that in my opinion, the silliness and
the thoughtlessness of many pet parents can quite literally
transcend human understanding.
in mind, we’re going to show you how, with just a little
bit of thought and forward planning, you can keep your
beloved fur babies safe, sound and stress free during next
month’s scary spook-fest.
Here’s what we recommend:
run up to Halloween and on the night itself, keep your fur
babies indoors, only allowing them out to pee/poo in a
secure area while being supervised either by you or a
responsible adult. If walking your pets, keep them on a
lead and keep them away from bonfires! You see, loud
noises from bangers and fireworks, scary masks and unusual
costumes worn by little trick or treaters knocking on the
door, and running through the streets will only serve to
cause your pet anxiety leading them to bolt out onto the
road in front of traffic etc.
got a pet rabbit, move their hutch indoors into your garage,
or better still, into a downstairs loo or utility room. If
you’ve got horses, stable them securely and never, ever set
off fireworks, bangers or light a bonfire in a field
containing, or next to an area where horses, cattle, sheep
or other animals are being kept.
you open the front door to callers, in order to avoid your
pet running outside, make sure he/she is secured in another
room. If your pet isn’t microchipped, visit your vet and
have it done now, (it’s the law); and, if possible make sure
they’re wearing a collar with your contact details on it.
of dressing up…don’t put a costume on your pets! Ok, some
may love being dressed up, but others will find it
stressful. Besides, a costume will restrict your pet’s
movements, tight collars and elastic may make it difficult
for them to breathe properly, and any dangly bits, baubles,
bells or buttons can become a serious choking hazard for
children, and anyone else in your home that they must NOT
offer chocolate, nuts or other treats to your
pets…chocolate, in all forms is toxic, especially dark or
baking chocolate which people often use when making
Halloween goodies. In addition, bear in mind that sugar
free sweets and treats that contain the substitute known as
xylitol will cause serious health issues for your pet.
decided to carve a pumpkin and place lighted candles inside,
or indeed, place candles around the house, do keep them away
from curious pets due to them being both a burning and a
fire hazard. In addition, if you decide to place candles on
a high shelf and you have cats/kittens, bear in mind they
can climb, so it’s possibly best to avoid any candles
altogether. Secure all loose wires!
Finally…never, ever ignore an animal in danger. Please
report any abusive/cruel behaviour to your local Garda
station, and, if safe for you to do so, remain with the
distressed animal until help arrives.
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