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Pets and fireworks

Did you know 80% of pet owners have owned a pet afraid of fireworks? Do you always worry about your pet when it is Halloween? Tips for ensuring your pets are happy during Halloween:

  1. Don’t feed your pets Halloween chocolates or sweets.
    They contain xylitol which can be lethal for your animals.
  1. Make sure your pet is properly identified with a Microchip, ID Tag and Collar.
    Your dog may escape through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters or they may run if they become frightened.
  1. Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets.
    They may be knocked over and cause injury.
  1. Keep glow sticks and glow jewellery away from your pets.
    Although the liquid in these products isn’t likely toxic, it tastes really bad and makes pets salivate excessively and act strangely.
  1. If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to nip, put them in another room during trick-or-treating hours and provide them with a safe hiding place.
    This will keep both your pet and visitors safe.
  1. Make sure your dog or cat always has somewhere to hide if they want to and has access to this place at all times.
    This could be under some furniture or in a cupboard.
  1. At nightfall close windows and curtains and put on music to mask and muffle the sound of fireworks.
    This is likely to calm them down.
  1. If your pet shows any signs of fear try to ignore their behaviour.
    Leave them alone unless they are likely to harm themselves.
  1. Never punish or fuss over your pet when it’s scared.
    This may make it worse.
  1. Keep your pet inside.
    This will be the best way to keep your pets safe!

Buying costumes for your pets:

If you plan to put a costume on your pet, the first thing you should do is to make sure that they are completely comfortable in it, some like costumes and others don’t. Next you should make sure it fits properly and isn’t too tight, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or any other movements. Give your pet time to get used to the costume and never leave them unsupervised in the costume.

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