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Moggy & Hound Happy Halloween
As the costume season draws near, many of us two-legged variety search out the freakiest consumes to don on the 31st of October in celebration of Halloween. As this traditionally American holiday becomes more popular in Australia, it probably comes as no surprise that many companion animals are also getting their ‘freak’ on.
“It seems every year that our pets are getting more involved in the dress-up fun,” observes Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia. “This trend is growing overseas and we are now starting to see more of it in Australia.”
From pumpkins and hot-dogs, to ghouls and zombies, imagination seems to be the only restriction when it comes to dressing up the family pet. Search engines are full of endless possibilities of how to get the family pet involved in all the dress-up fun.
“PIA wants to remind pet owners to always supervise their pet while the animal is in dress-up,” Crighton urges. “Like with any novelty item, your pet can become tangled and distressed quickly. Common sense is paramount during these times.”
Trick or treaters will also be in full force armed with lolly catchers and possible ammunition of toilet paper and shaving cream.
“In some neighbourhoods Halloween can be a very busy and noisy night,” Crighton says. “Understandably if your dog or cat is not happy with the extra activity, keeping them in a safe quiet room is the best option. We also advise keeping your feline friend inside for the entire evening.”
Other things to consider during this ghoulish night, particularly if you are entertaining:
- Keep all pets inside for the evening
- Ensure back gates are locked
- Keep chocolates and sweets away from pets
- Remove your pets dress-up when not actively supervised
- Create a safe area for your pet; bedding, food, water, classical music
- Keep alcohol out of reach
- Make signs to remind people to close gates and doors
- Encourage your guests not to treat your pets
“Pet poisoning is a real concern to many veterinarians around this time of year,” Crighton warns. “To the non-pet owner sweets and chocolates may seem innocent, but they can cause huge problems for pets that can lead to complications and death. Informing your guests of the dangers is important.”
It’s not just the sweets, sugar and chocolate; the wrapping can also cause big problems for pets, as too; glow sticks.
“Ingesting any of the above can wreak havoc on the health of your pet, being mindful is extremely important for pet owners at this time.” Crighton says.
PIA is urging pet owners that if they suspect their pet is not well during or after Halloween celebrations to seek veterinary help immediately.
“When you cannot actively supervise your pet, particularly if you are entertaining, consider putting them in a safe room,” Crighton says. “You can make this their comfort haven with music, food, water and hiding places, and don’t forget to put a big sign on the door.”