5 ways to keep your pets safe and happy during Halloween

Monday, 24 September 2018 14:19

dog 714861 1920Halloween is a fun time for us and our family, but can be a scary time for our pets. Imagine being in your pet's shoes where suddenly everyone in your world is dressed up as monsters and your once private, quite home is being bombarded with strangers! Even the most well mannered pets can suffer from anxiety during Halloween. It's important to remember that what may be fun for us, isn't necessarily fun for our pets, and it's our job as their guardians to advocate the best we can for them.  

Be your dog's leader    

If you already know that your dog will be leery of costumes and people coming to your door, go ahead and put them in another room, or crate, away from the action. This signals to your dog that there is no need to worry about what is going on and that you've got everything handled. This will take the stress off of them and enable you to enjoy your guests. If you have cats, make sure you provide them with something high to climb on or a nice quite place to escape.

Double check that your pets have ID's on them

This goes without saying, but always make sure that your pets are wearing proper identification tags and or/have microchips that are properly registered. You can stop by the clinic and we can scan your pet to see if they have a microchip. We can also give you the information needed to contact the microchip company and make sure all your information is up to date. 

Keep chocolates and candies out of reach

Chocolate, raisins, grapes, coffee, sugar free gums and certain candies, just to name a few, can all be toxic to our pets. Please make sure to keep any candy out of your pet's reach, and if your pet does ingest a potentially toxic food, contact REACH at 828-665-4399 or the Pet Poison Helpline.  Click here, to view a list of potential toxins.

Keep your pets at home

It may be tempting to take your pets with you as you go trick or treating, but even the most well natured cats and dogs can react differently to dressed up children or adults. The best way to take the stress of Halloween off your pets' shoulders is by leaving them at home either in a quiet room or crate. We can also recommend natural supplements to help your pet stay calm. Contact us.

Carefully place your decorations

Lit candles and wagging tails can be a recipe for disaster as can decorations and playful cats. If you know your pet is prone to getting into trouble, it's best to keep decorations out of their reach.

 

And as always, please contact us if you have any questions or if your pet needs to be seen.