This Halloween the ISPCA are reminding owners to consider their pets’ safety and wellbeing both inside and outside the home. With trick-or-treaters, fireworks, bonfires, and all the sweet treats around, your pet may find itself in a sticky situation if you are not careful.
Around Halloween there are often celebrations that can be stressful to your pets, including fireworks or bonfires, and the ISPCA would recommend walking you dog earlier than usual to avoid evening festivities if possible. This will not only avoid encountering stressful situations on your walk, but will also mean that your dog will be ready for a rest in the evening and may not be as reactive to the doorbell and commotion later.
The unusual noise and activity of Halloween can drive pets to extreme behaviour, and the ISPCA strongly recommend that you have all your pets microchipped as a permanent form of identification. This is a legal requirement for all dogs and equines, and while it is not required for cats it still gives you the best chance of being reunited with your beloved pet in the event that they escape or get loose.
To reduce the risk of your pet escaping when people call to the door, ensure that they are in a secure room of the house where they can’t slip out an open door. You can leave a TV or radio on to drown out some of the noise of fireworks and children calling to the door. If you pet is truly terrified of fireworks and you are concerned about them, you may want to consult with your vet in advance, and ask them about training or medication to help with your pets’ stress.
Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs and other sweets can be harmful as well, so please keep all treats out of reach for their safety. The same goes for candles and Halloween decorations that could be chewed or swallowed, so when you are enjoying the festivities, keep everything away from your animals.
Halloween is a dangerous time for our wonderful wildlife as well, so do your part to keep hedgehogs and other animals safe. Hedgehogs are beginning to hibernate at this time of year, and frequently do so in wood piles or heavy brush. If you are lighting a bonfire, please check all wood, scrub and leaves for hibernating hedgehogs.
Unfortunately stray animals sometimes bear the brunt of Halloween pranks. If you witness an animal being subjected to cruel treatment, please notify your local Gardai immediately and contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515.
Below are some additional tips to keep pets safe and calm on Halloween. Please remember to keep pets confined in a safe area, away from the front door, sweets and treats, candles, and other hazards.
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