With everything from bangers to bonfires to be wary of, Halloween can be a tricky time for pet owners, but we’re here to help with the DSPCA’s top tips to have a safe and stress-free spooky season.
We spoke to Susanne from the Adoptions Team to find out how we can quell any anxiety our pets might experience while fireworks and frightening costumed callers to our doors are commonplace.
Speaking to Evoke.ie Susan imparted the DSPCA’s top tips to keep your pet safe this Halloween, which began with making sure to exercise pets early in the day so they’re good and tired.
Close blinds, curtains, windows and doors in the evening and keep your pets inside.
Susanne recommends setting up a den or safe space for your pet, in a quiet area that they can retreat to.
This den should have no access to open doors or windows in case your pet gets spooked by an unusual noise and bolts out of the house.
The DSPCA also recommend leaving the radio or television on and turned up louder than usual, so as to distract from fireworks or other strange noises.
These changes should be made a few days in advance of Halloween night so as to get your animal used to them.
If your pet sufferers with anxiety or stress at this time of year, there are a number of products you can avail of to help your pet – the team at the DSPCA are more than happy to recommend these to you.
Another one of the DSPCA’s top tips is to disconnect your doorbell if you’re expecting your pet to be particularly distressed by a high volume of visitors.
Keep your animal’s routine quite similar when making the above changes and you should have safe Halloween.