FREE FOR EDITORIAL USE - Leading American fresh pet food brand, Freshpet, which is now sold in Tesco stores nationwide, has released some handy hints for how you can keep your pets safe this Halloween.
How not to let your pet get spooked this Halloween!
Dress up time! Many pets enjoy dressing up particularly at Halloween (the Freshpet poochies had a fabulous time on our photoshoot), but NEVER force your dog to wear a costume. If your pet is happy to dress up make sure garments are appropriate to the animal, their movements aren’t restricted and materials are flame resistant.
Time Out - While you are enjoying the festivities, make sure your pets have a safe haven in a room where they can feel comfortable and relaxed. That way, if they want some quiet time they can.
Unwanted visitors? If you are staying in, frequent calls at the door from costumed trick-or-treaters may make your pet anxious or stressed. Masks and costumes can cause even the most familiar people to look and smell different to your pet.
Phantom feast! Feed your pets their usual food well before the evening’s festivities get going so their tummies are full and they are content. Avoid letting them chomp on the sweet rewards from your trick or treating. Don’t forget that chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
Going trick or treating? Leave your dog at home to avoid them getting overexcited or trying to eat chocolatey treats (which should be avoided at all costs because chocolate is toxic for dogs). If you return laden with sweets make sure you keep them out of reach - if dogs wolf down a large quantity of sweets, such as the bounty from trick or treating, they can develop an inflammation of the pancreas due to a sizeable ingestion of sugar.
Safety first! Never leave your pets alone with Halloween decorations – all hell could break loose (and not in a good way)! Be particularly careful of lit pumpkins. Many people enjoy putting candles inside carved pumpkins, and dogs may inadvertently cause a fire or burn themselves if they knock it over with an overzealous nose or wagging tail. Never leave your pet unattended with a lit candle, even when it is inside a pumpkin.
Bang! Even though it’s a few days before Bonfire night, fireworks and sparklers still get let off on 31st October. Keep pets inside and away from the noise – putting some music on may help to disguise those loud bangs.