For many, Howl-a-ween is the unofficial start to the holiday season, and while we may really enjoy this time, it is not so much fun for our pets. They often become stressed during this time of year, it with holidays occurring monthly for the last three months of the year, it could turn our good vibe into a stress-filled time of year.
Between the loud noises, lots of strangers in the house and the constant doorbell ringing, many pets become stressed.
Loud noises can cause fear and anxiety for pets of all kinds, including dogs and cats and even horses. It is best to keep dogs and cats a safe distance from the activity – indoors is best. Create a “safe place” inside that the pet knows and is comfortable in. For pets with severe noise phobias, a veterinarian can prescribe anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives to help ease the stress.
When it’s time for the Trick-or-Treaters, the constant doorbell ringing and knocking may create a lot of nervousness in our pets. Also, repeatedly opening doors to greet trick-or-treaters can increase the chances of pets escaping out the door. Cats are safer in a pet carrier or in a closed room where they can’t escape. We have all heard the dangers of black cats and Halloween. While most people are nice and would never do anything to a cat; unfortunately, there are a few “bad seeds” that we have to watch out for. We recommend keeping your pet’s inside over Halloween, just to be safe.
If you’re hosting a Halloween Party, brushing up on obedience training with your pet before the party may help a dog who has become a little rusty in this area. Be sure to inform your visitors of any household ‘rules’ or problem behaviors concerning your pets, e.g., sneaking out the door, jumping up on the couch, getting food from the table, etc.
For those pets that are extremely nervous anyway, try placing them in a separate room, using pet gates, or having them stay at a friend’s house during a party may be necessary. Sometimes, boarding a dog in a kennel may be the safest and less stressful alternative for our pets and for us.
If you still have concerns beyond this short article, please contact us at 281.997.1426 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss your specific questions.