Thursday 22 Oct 2020 - Wednesday 4 Nov 2020
Pet Tips for Hallowe’en from Vet Úna
Happy Hallowe’en Everyone!
Halloween can be quite a scary time for our furry four legged friends. Loud noises from fireworks and flashing lights can be very frightening for pets and don’t forget they will hear them a lot louder than we do.
Pets can escape and run away due to fear of the loud noise of fireworks so be very careful that your garden is escape proof and be careful when opening your front door.
If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors I would make sure to bring them inside during firework season.
It’s really important to make sure your pet is microchipped with their details up to date, this gives you the best chance of being re-united with your pet if they did escape from your house.
It’s a good idea to walk your dog early in the day before it gets dark and before the fireworks start. Always keep your dog on a lead so that if they are frightened by any loud unexpected noise they can’t run away.
Don’t tie your pet outside a shop while you nip in, I would never advise this in normal times, but particularly at Halloween.
Create a den – this is a safe space for your pet. This is somewhere that they can hide and it’s a good idea to put some of their toys and some of your clothing for a familiar smell into the den. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy it can be a crate, a box or even just a space behind the sofa or under a table.
Reassure your pet if they’re happy to sit on your lap, pet them, and talk to them. Always make sure to praise your pet. If they have an accident in the house don’t give out and don’t shout at them as this will only distress them further.
You can try to distract your pet by playing games and by playing with toys.
Turning the TV or radio on can help drown out the noise of the fireworks and closing the curtains can also stop any visibility of bright lights outside.
Some pets hate costumes as they can be restrictive so if your pet doesn’t like wearing clothes don’t force them.
As we have so many extra treats around the house at Halloween be extra careful not to let your pet get access to chocolate, sweets, grapes or raisins.
Stay safe out there, and happy Hallowe’en once again!