How to keep your pets from feeling anxious at Halloween

“Lots of noise, fireworks, unexpected
callers and unusual environments can lead to unnecessary stress for your pet”Petworld

Halloween can be a very stressful time for pets everywhere. Lots of noise, fireworks, unexpected house callers and unusual environments can lead to unnecessary stress for your pet. In order to minimise the effect on your pet, check out some top tips from our experts here at Petworld.

1. Keep your pet mentally stimulated

Keep your pet occupied using toys, treats and generally ensuring that it has something to focus on other than nearby blasts. For a dog, during the height of the firework season, it is very important to keep your walking schedule strict, and even if you have let it slip as the evenings have become colder.

Getting your dog out of the house before the peak firework times
gives them something to look forward to, meaning they are not just waiting for the terrifying bangs. The will also be physically and mentally tired, making rest easier.

2. Minimize Exposure

Keep your pet away from all firework activity and places with high probability of fireworks. Keep your curtains closed, and keep some source of non-threatening noise in the house, such as a television or radio.

If you have a cat who lives outside and inside, it would be a good idea to stock up on litter and keep them indoors for the most intense firework season closest to Halloween. By taking the above precautions, it is completely reasonable for your pet to feel anxious, in this case there is a pheromone solution which we will cover in the next section.

3. Pheromone Solution

These pheromone products act as a relaxant by mimicking the natural pheromones emitted by a mothering animal to her babies.  They can be bought as plug-ins, as collars or as sprays, and can be applied around the areas where your pet spends most of their time.

For cats, Cats Feliway is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone proven to reassure and comfort the cat. Using it in your home will help maintain the scent that calms your cat and reduces stress. Recommended by vets, it is very effective and does not affect humans or other pets.

For dogs, Adaptil ‘Dap’ Diffuser is a discrete plug-in that releases a synthetic copy of a canine appeasing pheromone. This is a natural product proven to comfort both puppies and adult dogs. It is a convenient and unique solution to canine stress which helps to comfort and reassure puppies and adult dogs in challenging situations, preventing or reducing stress-related behaviours.

As always, feel free to pop into any one of our Petworld stores and ask our friendly and helpful staff for any information on any pet related topic.