There’s no denying it, Halloween has become more and more popular in Australia over the past few years. Quite a few people love to have haloween parties and get their pets pets involved too. It is really important to think about their health and wellbeing so they remain happy and safe in all the craziness.

Here are our top tips:

1. When trick or treating is in full swing (and in the days after) you should make sure your furry friend doesn’t get access to these treats too. This particularly goes for chocolate which can be highly toxic to dogs.

2. Costumes should be optional. Cats generally hate being dressed up in a costume and can become very distressed, this goes for many dogs too. If your pet does let you dress them up, be careful not to let them overheat.

3. Pumpkin lanterns can be hazardous – especially with a candle inside. Take care and keep them out of reach of your pets, and don’t leave them in areas where they can be knocked over.

4. Trick-or-treaters can leave the gate open and let your pet out. Make sure your pet is securely contained if you have trick-or-treaters at your house. It’s also a good time to make sure your pet is microchipped and all details are up to date – ask us for more information.

5. Some pets may not be so keen on the dress up parties and may find it all too overwhelming. If you are having a Halloween party, make sure there’s a safe and quiet place for your pet to retreat to should they want to.

And finally, it’s a good idea to keep your pet inside over Halloween. Some people are strangely superstitious around this time and we don’t want your pet getting caught up in a silly prank.

If you have any questions or concerns about your pet, we are always here to help.