Halloween is a fun and exciting time for children and families around the world, but we need to remember that it is also a spooky time for our pets’ safety.
No need to fear, follow the tips below for a risk free Halloween this year!
Trick and NO TREATS!
Remember that your pets are probably going to love digging into the Halloween treat haul as much as you are; but you can’t let them! Chocolate can be fatal if consumed, and some lollies also contain the artificial sweetener xylitol which is also poisonous to dogs and cats. Keep the treats out of harms reach. If an accident does occur, symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. To be safe, we recommend immediately taking your pet to the vet if any toxic food is consumed.
Bring them inside
Sadly, pets have become victim to Halloween pranks in recent years so it is best to keep them in the safety of your home for the night. Some of the more serious pranking cases include teasing and stealing pets, but even something as seemingly harmless as the dress ups walking past your house can be traumatising for your pet. This point is particularly more important if you have a black cat. Black cats are sometimes associated with satanic rituals and sacrifices, and cruel or naïve people may harm black cats just because of their mythical association with the Halloween holiday.
Keep them away from the door
Adding on to our last point, you need to make sure that your pet is kept away from the front door. The door will open and close many times throughout the night, creating many opportunities for your pet to escape. Aside from escaping, seeing and hearing the scary and noisy crowd at the door may create anxiety in your pet that can be avoided if they are kept away.
Always check for ID
Just in case your beloved pet does manage to escape on Halloween night, make sure they can be easily identified and returned to your care. A microchip is the most reliable method, however a quick fix is fitting them with a collar and an ID tag, with all your contact details engraved.
Keep the decorations off the floor
It is important to remember that our pets are inquisitive creatures, and the new decorations laying around the house are going to be a big attraction. Make sure all small items are kept up high so they can’t be eaten, and make sure edible decorations are kept out of the way too. Although a pumpkin or decorated cupcake is relatively non toxic to our pets, over consumption can cause health issues. This point also includes electrical wires needed for any decorative lights. Small animals love to chew on electrical wires, which is a life threatening risk we need to avoid!
Keep the costumes practical
When shopping for your pets’ Halloween costume, make sure it isn’t annoying unsafe. Make sure it is roomy enough that your pet can still move around, it doesn’t have any small parts that can be chewed off and choked on, and watch that they aren’t allergic to the material.
Pet friendly Halloween Mummy-dogs!
Seeing as the night ahead may be a bit scary for your pet, why not make a Halloween treat for the family that your pet can enjoy too. These ‘Mummy Dogs’ are safe for your pet*, and can be made in 30 minutes!
You will need:
- Mini Frankfurts
- Puff Pastry
- Tomato sauce
Preheat your oven to 190C.
Cut your pastry into strips 1cm wide, and wrap each strip around a Frankfurt to look like the mummies in the picture. Make sure you leave a space for the face!
Bake for 12-15 minutes then remove from the oven, draw on a face with mustard and sauce, and you’re done!
*Do not feed these to your pet if they haven’t previously eaten ‘human’ food. Do not overfeed; 1 for small dogs and 2 for large dogs maximum. These are a treat and should not be substituted for your pets’ main meal.