October has been flying by and we’re amazed that its almost Halloween already! Though it’s a spooky and fun time for us humans, it can sometimes be a little unsettling for our furry friends. We’ve put together some tips to help you keep your pet calm and settled over Halloween – however you choose to celebrate!

  1. When decorating the house, put up decorations slowly so as not to startle your pets with big changes to their environment. You should try to keep any potentially harmful decorations out of reach – be mindful of things they could chew or swallow!
  2. Be especially careful to keep sweets, chocolate, raisins and nuts out of reach of scavenging pets.
  3. Try to walk your dog in the early evening, before it gets dark and the trick or treaters emerge. If you are unable to, ensure that your pet is visible to all road users with a high-vis coat, collar or lead.
  4. Be aware that some dogs find costumes scary too! If they are anxious, take them home to a quiet space and keep them away from trick or treaters coming to your door.
  5. If you do decide to get a costume for your pet make sure that it does not restrict their movement, breathing or visibility.

Finally, have fun! (And if you dress your pet up – we’d love to see the super scary photos!)

Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. The practice will be open as usual until 17.00. If you have an emergency after we close, you can phone Vets Now, Charing Cross on 0141 237 7676, or the Small Animal Hospital in Bearsden on 0141 330 7690.