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Halloween Safety For Pets


Imagine you are on coffee number 6. Your nerves are already a little twitchy when someone sneaks up on you and pops a balloon. You jump right?! Your heart might pound harder, you may even be slightly disorientated for second until you realise what just happened. This is how pets with anxiety can feel when their routine is interrupted. And one of the worst times of the year for them is Halloween. 1 in 5 dogs and cats have an anxiety disorder. Whilst Halloween can be a bit of fun, spare a thought for your pet. Skip the stress and keep them safe this year by following these 7 easy tips.


Chocolate and Candy are not for pets.

Candy, sugary treats and other lollies can cause digestive issues in our pets, and all forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal. Save yourself the heartache of seeing your pet sick and uncomfortable and keep all treat bowls away from their reach. If your pet eats something they shouldn’t, keep an eye out for vomiting, diarrhoea, pacing, unable to keep food or water down, straining to defecate (or blood mucous in poop), and an overall unhappy pet. If any of these symptoms continue longer then 12 hours, it’s best to get your pet seen by a vet.


Feel like they’re missing out? Grab extra of their favourite pet treats so they feel included.


Keep Pets Inside.

It breaks my heart to even have to mention this one, but there are unfortunately some dark-souled humans who have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. An act that is inexcusable, but preventable nonetheless. Black cats are especially at risk, so make sure your black cats are safely housed indoors around Halloween. 



Continual door knocking, bell ringing and people at the door (in costume, no less!) can be very scary and stressful for a pet. Some pets may experience stress-related diarrhoea, potentially injure themselves if they don’t feel safe or even show signs of aggression. Put your dog or cat in a quiet, familiar and safe place (like a secured crate or room away from the front door) to reduce stress and prevent them from darting outside into the night…a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one. If your pet does go missing, make sure to keep an eye out on social media lost pets pages (links provided at the bottom of this page) they are a great source of getting your pet home quickly.


Candles and Jack-O’-Lanterns

Jack-o-lanterns are fun to create, but if you’re going to use candles to light them up, make sure you place them well out of reach of your pets. Wagging tails and frightened cats zooming through the house can easily tip over a candle or carved pumpkin, causing burns or starting a fire.


Halloween decorations

I’m not trying to be a killjoy. I love the decorations and happiness they create. Just be mindful of your pets when you decorate. Cover electrical cords and battery-powered decorations keep decorations up off the floor and out of your pet's reach, and always keep an eye on where your pet is, and what they are getting up to. If they go quiet or missing - chances are they are doing something they shouldn’t.


Does your pet like that costume?

There are so many adorable costumes for pets, but just because you want your pet to love it, doesn’t mean they will. For the best outcome, try the costume on, on your pet, before Halloween night. Go slow with this if it’s your pet's first time dressing up. Take your time by putting one piece on at a time, rewarding your pet with treats and praise every step of the way. Once your pet is in full costume, check how it fits, and how they respond. Costumes shouldn’t restrict movement, sight, sound, the ability to breathe or increase their temperature. Be honest with yourself. If your pet is not acting like their normal self, seems anxious, stressed, depressed or uncomfortable, then costumes may not be for them. Try a bandana around their collar instead - they can still look the part without the stress. 


IDs, please!

If your pet should escape and become lost, having proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned quickly. Collars and tags, that have your details on them, are a great way for the public to call you about your missing pet, however, Microchipping is the only permanent identification (and now a legal requirement) should your pet lose their collar during their escape. Now is the time to make sure the details attached to your pets' microchip is up-to-date! 


With a little preparation and some common sense, Halloween can be fun for the entire family. Don’t feel like Halloween is for you? Remember SA Police offer door signs to indicate you would rather not participate in the event. These are a great way to keep you and your pets safe from random people door knocking or bell ringing. They can be found here:\


If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact us.


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