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Celebrate a Safe and Spooky Halloween with your Pets

Halloween is just around the corner, and as we prepare to enjoy this spooky season, Pet Insurance Australia (PIA) is urging all Australians to remember the safety of their beloved pets. Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia emphasizes the importance of a fun and safe Halloween celebration for our furry companions.

"While Halloween is a time for revelry and celebration, it's crucial to consider the safety of our pets," says Nadia Crighton. PIA suggests that dog and cat owners take steps to ensure their pets are protected during the haunting festivities.

Keeping Pets in a Safe Place

If you're hosting a Halloween party, consider keeping your pets away from the noise and commotion. Provide them with a secure and quiet location, such as a bathroom or laundry room, to help them feel safe and comfortable.

Beware of Toxic Treats

Chocolate, alcohol, and certain human foods can be extremely toxic to pets. Even a small amount of alcohol can be harmful. 

Additionally, items like popped balloons and ribbon can pose dangers if ingested by curious cats or dogs. 

Keep these items out of your pet's reach and away from the environment.

Costume Safety

Pet costumes add fun to the Halloween celebration, but always supervise your pet when they're wearing one. Ensure the costume does not restrict their movement or pose a risk.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween for your pets, PIA recommends the following safety checklist:

✔️ Provide a secure place for your pets.
✔️ Label the door with a sign to indicate your pet's location.
✔️ Encourage your guests to offer treats from a dedicated "dog/cat treat jar" and not their plates.
✔️ Remove costumes when your pet is unsupervised.
✔️ Keep chocolate and alcohol out of reach.
✔️ Ensure your pet has a collar with up-to-date information.
✔️ Place signs to remind guests to close doors and gates.

Celebrating with Pets

As Halloween gains popularity in Australia, more pet owners are including their furry friends in the festivities.

However, it's essential to remain vigilant, as local veterinarians often see an increase in pet-related health issues during this time. These issues commonly include foreign body ingestion and toxicity cases. With some straightforward precautions, pet owners can ensure their pets remain healthy during Halloween.

Other Top Tips:

✔️ Educate children about the dangers of human treats for pets. Chocolate and sweets containing Xylitol are highly toxic to dogs.
✔️ Dispose of rubbish properly to prevent pets from scavenging.
Keep your pet engaged with treat balls or new toys during the celebration.

"Halloween is a great time to enjoy festivities alongside your pets," says Crighton. "Pet costumes bring laughter and enjoyment to pet lovers, but it's essential to remember not to leave your pet unsupervised in a costume."

With these simple guidelines in place, pet owners can ensure that their Halloween celebrations are not marred by a trip to the vet. 

As we look for ways to enjoy the Halloween season, remember that it's also a perfect opportunity to include your furry best friends in the fun.

About Pet Insurance Australia

Pet Insurance Australia is a leading provider of pet insurance in Australia, offering a range of insurance products for dogs and cats. The company is committed to the well-being and safety of pets and their owners. 
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MEDIA RELEASE, 27th October 2023

Credit: Vet Answers

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