Pet Safety Tips for Halloween and Bonfire Night

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When it comes to the time of year when we humans enjoy to be spooked, it can be extremely stressful and scary for our pets. To keep our furry friends safe follow our precautionary tips.

Are autumn festivities a trick or treat for your pet?

We all love the change in seasons when the nights get longer and the leaves crunch underfoot.

However, with autumn in full swing it's not long until Halloween or Bonfire Night which can put our pets in danger.

Follow our advice to keep them safe:

  • Do not feed your cats & dogs chocolate and sweets, as what may seem like a harmless treat can be extremely toxic to them. Keep treats out of reach of your pets and dispose of any wrappers in the bin. 
  • Pet costumes are one of the great joys of Halloween but if you do put your pet in a costume, ensure that they are happy, comfortable, that they are not restricted and that there are no loose parts. Although they may look cute their safety is more important.

  • Try and keep pets in a calm environment away from the door as people will be trick-or-treating. They may become frightened and bolt out into the road (it's always best that pets have up-to-date identity tags/microchips in case this should happen). 
  • Keep them indoors! Whilst most people are having fun on Halloween there are also a lot of pranksters out there. Keep your pets indoors to prevent them being part of someone else's joke.
  • We love to decorate our homes at Halloween, so just make sure that candles/ pumpkins are kept out of reach and that there are no small pieces of decoration that can be swallowed by your pets.
  • Bonfire Night poses slightly different risks but much in the same vein: dogs and cats rarely respond well to loud and unexpected noises so keep them inside and away from any potential escape routes.
  • If your pet is particularly affected by the noise, leaving a radio or TV on at a low level should help mask the worst of it.
  • Draw the curtains or blinds.
  • Make sure your pet has a cosy place to curl up in, whether this is under the bed, on your lap or in a crate.

By following these helpful tips, both you and your pets should be able to enjoy a spooktacular Halloween and Bonfire Night.

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Following these precautions will always help keep you beloved pets safe, bt it is wise to be prepared in case of accidents any case.Our pet insurance can be offered for for cats and dogs from five weeks old and clever vet fees for illness and injury up to £7,500, as well as ongoing cover for eligible new illnesses.

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