Trick or Treaters
Most pets react when someone comes to the house, admittedly some more than others. It’s worth remembering though, no matter how reactive or unreactive they are, an increase in door knocking and bell ringing combined with deliberate but nonetheless scary visitors can cause heightened distress and stress.
Try to keep your pet as calm as possible, maybe moving and securing them to a different part of the house so they won’t be disturbed by the increase in activity. A scared cat for example could bolt through an open door and end up outside in a distressed state which could cause further harm.
If you notice your pet is shaking, panting, cowering, showing uncharacterised aggression it could be that they are stressed. Make sure the area where they are is free from anything that could aggravate the symptoms; be present and calm, talking continuously and gently to them could help. If safe to do so, gentle stroking could help to reassure them they are safe but be careful as a scared animal can be unpredictable.
If you have a pet that will let you dress them up then do so but please be CAREFUL!
Costumes should fit comfortably and not contain elastic that sits on the head or around the neck. They should not contain hard parts that could become loose or easily chewed off causing a choking hazard and should be easily removable to avoid overheating or a cause of stress.
Avoid costumes that restrict the animal’s vision as again this can cause unnecessary distress.
We don’t want to be party poopers and there is no reason why you can’t enjoy Halloween with your pets safely – just remember to take a little bit of extra care and be aware during the celebrations!
If you would like to find out more about how to deal with an emergency situation involving your pet or an animal in your care then join us on one of our pet first aid courses where we look at all kinds of treatments you can deal with while you wait for professional assistance.