The fall season brings lots of fun for pet parents and their pets, especially Halloween. Whether you’re a first-time pet parent or have had pets for years, it’s important to be prepared before the celebration starts, and we’re here to help with these top tips for dog and cat parents.
#1 Create a safe space
Make sure you provide your pet with a quiet, secure area where they can decompress if they get overstimulated. This may include a crate and some toys, whatever they need to feel comfortable.
#2 Keep an eye on the door
Because you may be bombarded by trick-or-treaters, your pet may need to be put in an enclosed space to make sure they stay safe. Baby gates can help keep them away and protected. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and a tag with your contact information just in case.
#3 Provide a healthy distraction
Before the fun starts, play some soft music or a quiet movie to help keep your pet’s mind busy during the festivities. Consider giving them puzzle toys and brain games to help burn excess mental energy.
#4 Dress them up in a costume
If your pet is open to wearing a costume, it’s a great way to build and strengthen your bond. You can buy one online or make one at home. Pinterest has some great DIY ideas for matching outfits too!
#5 Stay away from candy
If you plan on trick-or-treating with your pet, make sure to keep them on a leash and potentially put a light on their collar so you don't miss any candy on the ground. Chocolate has theobromine, which is part of the cacao plant. Theobromine is toxic to dogs and cats, and it's in every type of chocolate. If your pet eats chocolate at any point, consult with your vet immediately.
#6 Take pics for our contest
Don’t forget to take a pic of your pet wearing their best extra-not-ordinary costume and tag @yummerspets for a chance to win a 1-year supply of Yummers. And if there’s a bag of mix-ins in the photo, even better! The contest ends on 10/31 with the winners - 1 dog and 1 cat - being announced on 11/2. To learn more, click here.