**Leading vet’s top tips to avoid your pet being spooked at Halloween and Guy Fawkes **

A leading vet has some top tips for owners to stop their pets being spooked at Halloween and Guy Fawkes this year.

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The Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital partner Ross Allan, the 2017 BSAVA Melton Award winner for contributions to small animal practice, said:

“Halloween and Guy Fawkes are fun family occasions – but our pets don’t always enjoy them as much as we do!

“Some dogs and cats can get spooked on these nights; particularly if you live in a neighbourhood where fireworks are likely to go off. So, it’s worth bearing in mind some simple tips to ensure your pet can enjoy Halloween and Guy Fawkes just as much as you do!”

  1. Don't feed your pets any Halloween treats, especially if they contain chocolate as this can have serious health implications.
  2. If you’re planning to dress up your pet in a fancy-dress Halloween costume, ensure it doesn’t have any pieces that can be chewed off easily and doesn't restrict your pet in any way.
  3. If your pet has a tendency to bark at strangers, make sure to put it in another room during trick-or-treating hours.
  4. Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case it escapes while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters;
  5. Keep any lit candles out of reach of pets;
  6. Give your pet somewhere to hide that they have access to at all times.
  7. Walk dogs during daylight hours and keep dogs and cats indoors when trick-or-treaters or fireworks are likely to be set off.
  8. Close windows and curtains and put on some music to mask the sounds of fireworks.

The Roundhouse Veterinary Hospital in Glasgow’s southside is part of The Pets’n’Vets Family, the network of veterinary practices with surgeries around Glasgow and surrounding areas.

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For further information please contact Ross Allan at tel 0141 649 4949

Issued on behalf of The Pets’n’Vets Family by Liquorice Media tel 0141 297 1699 www.liquorice-media.com

Date: 30 October 2017