LIMERICK County Council has issued special Halloween advice to dog owners this week at what can be a difficult time of year for pets.
“Halloween can be an extremely stressful period for pets,” said John McCarthy, veterinary officer, Limerick City and County Councils.
“The impact of fireworks on dogs is different to other loud noises as they are more vibrant and are accompanied by sudden boom noises, flashes and burning smells. Dogs are very sensitive, so Halloween can be very overwhelming for them.”
“Many dogs run away and get lost at this time of the year so please be a responsible owner. Make sure your dog is wearing proper identification, a collar bearing name and address of owner. If the dog is micro-chipped, which I strongly recommend, make sure it is registered on one of the national pet owner databases with your up-to-date contact details. Then if it becomes lost and is handed into a shelter or veterinary clinic, you can be contacted without delay,”
A number of tips are being issued by the council to ensure dogs have a stress-free Halloween period.
Owners in built-up areas should consider taking the dog for a walk early in the day when fireworks and bangers are less likely to be going off. Dogs should be kept indoors or in another safe environment in the evenings and if a dog is being kept inside, the council advises closing the curtains as flashing lights can make them afraid.
Putting on the radio or TV can distract dogs from firework noise that can cause them distress.
Further information is available from the veterinary section at Limerick City and County Council at 061 496378 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Limerick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, meanwhile, has reminded owners to keep their dogs safe from fireworks beyond October 31.
“This call is being made on what is a very busy time for the society with lots of danger around with bonfires, bangers, and fireworks on the go for the next week with the schools on mid-term breaks,” said chairwoman Geraldine Nardone.
She appealed for parents to be vigilant over this period and for pet owners to ensure they are secure and that people know where they are at all times.
Anyone who sees any incident involving animals can report it to the LSPCA on their direct phone line at 061 415618 or call directly to the office which is at 289 Hyde Road.