How to take care of your pet this Halloween

Halloween can be a difficult time for pets and pet owners with lots of dangerous treats and unpredictable loud noises.

Here is some advice to help you and your pet cope with this time of the year and enjoy a fear free Halloween.

How to ensure your pet stays safe this Halloween. 

  • Identification. Make sure that your pet has some form of I.D. with which you can be traced if they stray over Halloween. This can include a microchip and also a pet tag, preferably both.
  • Keep pets indoors. Fireworks and other unusual noises and events can be very scary for your pet. Putting the television or relaxing music on the radio can help to mask the scary noises. With many callers to the door, pets can sometimes manage to bolt out the door, so do make sure they are snug in their den, crate or in a separate area so that they cannot escape.
  • Early Walks. Walk your pet early in the day to avoid loud noises and scary costumes.

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How to calm your pet at Halloween.

If you know that your pet may become anxious over Halloween, please consider using a calming product to help them to relax. We can help you identify the correct calming product for your pet, please call us on 021 489 300 and we we will be happy to help.

No candy or chocolate for pets. Although we may all be snacking on sugary sweets like sweets and chocolate, remember that these are not good for your pet. Both can be extremely harmful to pets, possibly even leading to death, so please ensure that these are kept well out of reach of your pets.

Safe Den A little hideout like underneath a table or a hooded bed design will help your pet to feel safe and secure. It’s also an idea to give them something to distract them, i.e. a kong for dogs and a new catnip toy for cats.

Watch this video with our vet Orlaith highlighting how she helped her dog Fionn cope with loud unexpected noises during a thunder storm,.

Spooky Sounds A good tip from Dogs Trust Ireland is to ensure your dog is accustomed to the scary sounds of Halloween beforehand, download their Sounds Scary Booklet and instructions here

If you have any questions please call us on 021-4893033 or visit us at the practice.

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If you have any questions or you would like to book in for a consultation, get in touch by phone (021) 489 3033.