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Halloween safety guide

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching. Help to protect your pets from Halloween horrors with our spook-free safety tips:

  • No tricks and no treats! Make sure you keep all sweets and chocolate out of reach from your pets. Chocolate is a well-known poison to dogs and cats, in particular dark chocolate. Also, sweets containing the artificial sweetener, Xylitol, can be toxic to pets.
  • A carved pumpkin is a must-have for the Halloween season but do take care if placing a candle inside. Pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and cause a fire- not to mention the singed whiskers of a curious kitten!
  • If you do decide to dress up your pet, please make sure the costume does not cause them undue stress. Ensure it does not restrict your pet’s movement, hearing or ability to breathe or be in any way unsafe.
  • The doorbell will be ringing off the hook during trick-or-treating hours, so make sure your cat or dog is kept as calm as possible during this time and given lots of reassurance. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.
  • If you have an outdoor pet, make sure they are either brought inside or out of reach of any potential ‘tricks’ on your house or garden. People can get a little over-excited during the Halloween season.
  • Take care when opening the front door to trick-or-treaters that your pet does not escape or attempt to run away out of fear. We recommend checking that your pet’s identification or microchip is up to date beforehand.

If you have any concerns during the Halloween period, do not hesitate to contact your local branch for more advice.

Join in the Highcroft Halloween fun by entering our Howl-O-Ween Facebook photo competition for your chance to win a spooktacular prize! Or if you’re popping in to our Whitchurch Hospital, vote for your favourite pumpkin carving that will be on display.

Happy Halloween!


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