Scary clowns & trick or treat rounds: will your dog cope with the stresses of Halloween?
Halloween is lurking just around the corner and lots of us will be getting together to celebrate with spooky costumes, trick or treat and Scarefest parties.
But for one member of the family Halloween can be a very frightening and traumatic experience. We’ve come up with our handy survival kit to keep tails wagging this Halloween!
1) – Fright & Flight
During Halloween your dog could be easily spooked by loud noises, scary costumes or teasing troublemakers. Take all precautions by keeping your dog inside. If out and about ensure he has a well-fitting collar, strong lead and an up to date tag and microchip with your details on.
(Don’t forget it’s now a legal requirement for your dog to be microchipped! Check out the RSPCA's Microchipping FAQ's )
2) Safety first
Beware of unwelcome attention from trick or treaters - for everyone’s safety keep your dog on a short lead or better still, walk him earlier in the day when he’s less likely to experience a scary encounter.
3) Knock knock- trick or treat
Unexpected and frequent visitors to the door during an evening can stress out your dog, particularly if the visitors are dressed in frightening masks and strange hats. Play it safe and keep him in a room away from the front door where there are less noises and he can feel safe.
4) Dress to impress not to stress!
Some dogs love being dressed up but others aren’t so keen. If you do decide to pop your pet into a cute spooky outfit make sure it’s non-flammable and doesn’t restrict his movement and eyesight….if your dog can’t see or move properly he will get confused and stressed, risking himself and others.
5) Encourage tricks not treats
Once thing to be sure- lots of sweets and chocolate can spell disaster for our four legged friends! Keep all Halloween treats well out of the way of your dog and ask children to do the same, human chocolate contains theobromine with can be lethal to dogs leading to vomiting, diarrhoea and even heart problems. The Kennel Club advises you contact your vet immediately if you suspect your dog of eating chocolate, sweets or other foreign items.