All that hubbub
Halloween can be overwhelming for small pets. Trick-or-treaters coming to the door and Halloween parties involve new smells, new sights and new sounds. The strange people and costumes can be scary and stressful. All this sensory overload can be frightening and upsetting to your pets. The best idea is to keep your pet in a separate room away from the front door and away from all the hubbub of trick-or-treating or party night. Make sure your pet has food, water, favorite toys and bedding, and check on him frequently so he knows you are still around.
When the small teenager was a small preteen, we went to a daytime trick-or-treating event at a zoo. As we approached the area where the kangaroos live, we noticed it was deserted – neither visitors nor ‘roos were about. I asked a nearby zoo staffer where the kangaroos had gone; she smiled and said, “They are inside peeking out at you”. Indeed, inside a large barnlike shelter, several kangaroo faces were just barely visible, gingerly peeking around an interior wall at us.
“They are frightened by the strange costumes today,” she explained, “and they are hiding”.
Lesson: if large kangaroos can be frightened by kids in costumes, your little bunny or hamster can certainly be terrified or at least stressed out in a big way.
Let me see your ID
Keeping your pets safely in another room prevents them from bolting out the front door, too. Just to be extra safe, however, make sure dogs and cats (especially un-chipped ones) have on their ID tags just in case.
If the weather has turned chilly in your part of the country, the drafts created by the constant opening and closing of the door are not comfortable for small pets.
No chocolate, no cocktails
Lastly, not only might your pets be tempted by snacks or alcoholic drinks (which can be fatal to pets), but well-meaning but uninformed guests may offer your rattie or guinea pig a little candy bar to nibble on (chocolate is lethal too) or a sip of soda pop.
Keep your pet safely tucked away from all the commotion and enjoy your celebrations without the worry!
Should your pet become injured or ingest a substance dangerous to them:
- The Dayton Emergency Veterinary Clinic is at 2714 Springboro Pike West (937) 293-2714 or 1-800-289-1165
- The Dayton Care Center for Animal Emergency & Critical Care is at 6405 Clyo Rd, Centerville, 937-428-0911
Halloween safety for small pets part I – costumes
Halloween safety for small pets part II – the environment
Seasonal safety for your small pets
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