The Inside Scoop: Howl to Keep Your Pet Happy This Halloween
Halloween can be a pretty crazy time for ghosts, gobblins and pets – with new visitors popping round to your home, new noises such as fireworks and things they shouldn’t be eating. As dog owners, Graham and Alex have put together a few of their top tips for keeping your furry friends happy this Halloween.
Don’t let your pet get lost
We all like to think our beloved pets know better than to run away and that they would come home if they did – but the sad truth is loud noises and scares can be frigthening and spook a pet in to acting out of character. Make sure when you answer the door to trick or treaters that your pet can’t bolt for it. Ensure they are wearing their collar with contact details at all times in case the worst should happen.
Yes, we all want to treat our pets for being a good boy or girl… but Halloween treats are really not suitable for pets. Chocolate and raisins are especially toxic… Garlic might keep the vapires away, but it is also poisonous to your pup! Keeps sweets away from nosey paws and a height they can’t reach. If you really want to treat them, you can get specially made Halloween dog treats that are safe for pets.
Fireworks are exciting for humans, but for pets they can be extremly distressing – especially pups. It’s all new to them and dogs have very sensitive ears. If going to the local fireworks show, don’t bring your dog – it won’t be fun for them. If staying at home, you can help your dog by putting them in the bath tub as they won’t be able to see out and gives the illusion of a safe space.
I loved these in the 80’s! But if you have a dog like Glyn or Blu who love a good chew of stuff they shouldn’t, then especially beware things like glow sticks. Apart from making one heck of a mess, the chemicals contained in them will make your dog sick.
Don’t take your pet out trick or treating
Halloween is a great time of fun for big kids and little kids. But contrary to what some dog owners might think, not every event is actually dog friendly. Bringing your pet to events where you know they may be overwhelmed or frightened isn’t fair on them. Leave the frightening to the humans this Halloween.
Graham Crichton is an award winning professional portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 17 years of experience and having photographed thousands of people and their pets.
Hannah Crichton is married to Graham (yay) and is the Brand Manager at the studio. Hannah's expertise is in social media and making everything run ticketyboo. She's a Tiktok wizard and loves a good dog pun!
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