Five ways to keep pets calm at Halloween and Bonfire Night
Trick or treating and fireworks might be fun for people - but spare a thought for your pets.
Loud noises, constant knocks on the door and unfamiliar faces can be particularly distressing for our four-legged friends.
Around 80% of pets will suffer from anxiety at these times of year.
Animal expert Lucy Ross, who is head of training at Pets Corner, offers her top tips to keep your pets safe and happy during the festivities.
1. Plan ahead - take your dog for a long walk before it gets dark and the evening activities start.
Keeping their routine as normal as possible will help to keep them calm as the festivities kick off.
2. Create a safe environment – if it is likely you are going to have ‘trick or treaters’ knocking on your door make sure your pet is kept in a quiet space out of the way.
Make sure cats are safe inside well in advance of any activities and can access their favourite hiding spot.
Give your pet their favourite toy, bed, food and water bowl, and, to comfort them, something with your smell on it.
Close curtains, windows and doors to minimise external noises coming into the room.
3. Be cautious with costumes – even though it may be fun to dress up pets, never force your pet to wear anything.
If your pet is happy to dress up make sure garments are appropriate to the animal, their movements aren’t restricted and that materials are flame resistant.
4. Act normally – during the festivities animals may become anxious and irate.
To ensure your pet’s anxiety levels are kept to a minimum stick to your usual routines and speak at your normal voice level.
5. No glow sticks - keep glow sticks and glow accessories away from pets.
Even though they aren’t necessarily toxic, if chewed on they can cause your pet to salivate excessively and act abnormally.
* For further tips, advice and information on all things animal-related, visit the Pets Corner website www.petscorner.co.uk