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Advice for Pet Owners on Howl-o-ween!

Halloween is undoubtedly an exciting night for many adults and young people, but what about our pets?

Unusual costumes, bags of sweets, strangers knocking at the door after dark… these can all combine to create quite a frightening experience for your dog or cat. Below we’ve shared some advice to help spare your pet the spookiness of October 31st.

  • There’s no doubt that a dressed up dog or cat certainly looks cute on Instagram, but always put what your pet likes ahead of any social media ‘likes’. Some pets will relish the opportunity to get in front of the camera and be perfectly content in a costume, but others may find them unusual and uncomfortable, especially if they don’t fit right and restrict mobility. See how your pet reacts, and be sure to put their comfort front and centre.
  • If you’re planning on an evening walk, keep them on the lead – young children dressed up and likely over-energetic after a few sweets may seem like a fun playmate for a dog.
  • Be mindful that pets – especially dogs – will often follow your body language. If you excitedly hop out of your seat whenever there’s a knock at the door, expect them to be excited too. The more calm and relaxed you are, the more likely they are to be, too. And if they do stay relaxed, be sure to reward them for it.
  • Putting on some light music or a TV show may help to distract them from any activities taking place outside, or at your front door.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet across the evening, especially if there’s likely to be any sweets or Jack-o-Lanterns about the house. Remember that while things like chocolate are obviously harmful, many other seemingly safe sweets may contain highly toxic artificial sweeteners like xylitol.

Happy Halloween!

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