As many pet-owners know, Halloween can be a stressful night for dogs and cats alike. With strangers ringing the doorbell and children running around dressed in costume, many pets are liable to feel anxious, confused, scared, or even act aggressively towards children and neighbors.
Olde Towne Pet Resort, the area’s premiere dog and cat boarding facility, has put together some best practices for how to keep your pets safe and stress-free on Halloween night. In addition to these tips and tricks, OTPR will be extending their Day Camp hours for those looking to keep their pets in a comfortable environment while children are out trick-or-treating. If interested, please visit the website, here, or call OTPR (703.455.9000 and 571.434.3300) for more information.
•    Don’t leave pets out in the yard. Halloween pranksters have been known to tease, taunt or injure pets that are left out in the yard. This inexcusable behavior is preventable by keeping your pets indoors at all times during the festivities.
•    Keep candy out of reach of all pets. All forms of chocolate can be dangerous, even lethal, for your pet. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures.
•    Keep pets confined and away from the door. Your door will be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, leaving opportunities for pets to dart out from behind you. Strangers dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for candy can also cause added stress for your pet.
•    Make sure to ID your pet. If your pet does manage to run out of the house, proper identification will increase the chances that they are returned. Make sure all information is up to date.
•    Be fire-conscience. Carving pumpkins is a fun way to celebrate the season, but keep jack-o-lanterns and lit candles out of reach of pets.
•    Don’t dress up your pet, unless you know they love it. If you plan to put a costume on your pet, make sure it fits properly, doesn’t have any pieces that can easily be chewed off, and doesn’t interfere with your pet’s sight, hearing, breathing, or moving.
•    Consider an extended care option at Olde Towne Pet Resort. The Halloween Pet Retreat will be held from 4 – 9 PM with a charge of $25 and will include supervised playtime with OTPR staff members. Those pets already enrolled in day camp can extend their stay until 9 PM with no additional charge.
Today’s post is sponsored by Olde Towne Pet Resort. – ND