Tips to prepare your pets for Halloween

dog-cat-firework-fear-smHalloween can be an anxious & extremely frightening time for our pets.  From ringing of the doorbell, constant noise and fireworks being set off in the street we need to make sure our pets feel safe and secure.

Building a den is a fantastic way to help your pet.  A comfortable, safe & secure den in a dark room, filled with your pets favourite toys and their water bowl will help your pet relax during this time.  Encourage your pet to use the den by placing treats or food in there. Leave a radio or tv on & try not to leave your pet alone.



Adaptil collars, sprays & diffusers are excellent at relaxing your dog.  These products release natural
Adaptil-Collar_largecalming pheromones which help calm your pet during stressful situations.  Plugging in an Adaptil difusser close to your dogs den, or attaching an Adaptil collar to your dog or spraying the diffuser in the room will all help to settle and relax your dog.  We recommend you use these products in the run up to Halloween, ideally you should start to use them 3 or 4 weeks prior to Halloween.  Adaptil helps both puppies & adult dogs cope better in stressful situations such as fireworks and loud noises around this season.


is recommended for your cats.  Feliway helps cats feel safe & secure in their own environment. This special scent (odourless to people and other animals) that Feliway utilizes is a replication of the pheromone that cats leave naturally when they are feeling comfortable in their environment. Every time a cat rubs its nose against objects in the home, it leaves behind this pheromone to mark its territory. Feliway comes in a plug in diffuser pack or as a spray & reduces stress which will make your cat more relaxed.


It is also important not to forget about outdoor pets –
197136527_9116acc5b2-240x300rabbits & guinea pigs.  If it is possible move them into the house and create a dark, safe den for them too, somewhere they can hide away. Make sure if they are outside that they are safely secured in a garage or outbuilding, away from the sight and sound of fireworks. As an alternative, the cage can be covered with thick fabric to muffle the sound, making sure there is sufficient ventilation.


Remember to keep your pet safe at Halloween

  • Keep windows & door closed to stop your pet escaping.
  • Use Adaptil & Feliway products.
  • Walk your dog early in the evening before it gets dark & the fireworks start.
  • Make sure you leave plenty of litter trays for your cat especially if they are used to being outdoors.
  • Keep pets away from chocolate.
  • Try not to leave your pets alone.
  • Ensure your pet is microchipped prior to Halloween.  Frightened & anxious pets that escape can easily get lost.
  • Build a nice comfortable warm den for your pet to hide in a dark room.


Both Adaptil & Felway products are available here at Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital & at our Anicare branches in Clontarf, Glasnevin, Santry & Blanchardstown.

Contact us at Palmerstown Veterinary Hospital on 01 6237044 for more information.







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