Inside: We are talking about the dangers and anxiety triggers for pets around Halloween. Sharing tips and ideas to help ease and avoid stress Halloween may bring.
Post sponsored by Maritime Animal Hospital, Moncton, NB
Halloween is fast approaching and we are preparing our home and family for the fun night. Part of that preparation is to be mindful of our dog, Bo and our two cats, Flash and Max. They all need to feel safe in our home with strangers coming to the door…and strangers in costumes can cause additional stress on them. Here are a few things to remember when preparing for Halloween when you have pets.
Keep Your Pets Safe & Indoors
- Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through an open door.
- Keeping pets in a room with a closed door may be the safest and least stressful option on Halloween night.
- Do Not leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween. There are so many people around and some who may tease, torment, injure or even steel a pet on Halloween night.
Keep candies safely away from pets. Be sure children understand to store their treats in a sealed container, drawer or out of reach of pets.
- Chocolate and xylitol are poisonous to a lot of animals. Xylitol can be in gum and many other sugar-free products.
- Foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous and cause obstructions if swallowed.
Dressing Up Pets
- If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t annoying to them
- Ensure any pets being dressed up enjoy it and are not stressed over the costume.
- Be mindful of choking hazards, either that they get caught or they may bite off costume pieces.
- Be careful not to obstruct your pet’s vision. Even the most loving pets can get snappy when they can’t see what’s happening around them.
You can also watch our Just Ask A Vet video with Dr. Malone at Maritime Animal Hospital.
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