Pet specialty retailer kicks off October celebrations with “Bootique” costumes and accessories, plus a lineup of Halloween-themed events taking place in-store and online
Now more than ever, pets are an essential part of holiday festivities and traditions, and pet costumes in particular continue to gain popularity.
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2018 Halloween Spending Survey, nearly 20 percent of pet parents plan to dress their pets in costumes this Halloween, up from 16 percent last year. The survey also reports that of the 31.3 million Americans participating in this trend, millennials are most likely to dress their pets in a costume.
Petco has all festive pet parents and their pets covered this Halloween season with its on-trend “Bootique” collection of costumes, toys and accessories, available now at Petco stores nationwide and online at petco.com/halloween.
Also in celebration of the Halloween season, Petco will host a series of online and in-store events throughout October:
- Make A Scene: Now through Oct. 26, pets and pet parents can participate in Petco’s annual Make A Scene Photo Contest on Instagram. For a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize, pet parents are encouraged to post photos of their costumed pet in a scene that matches their pet’s costumes. Entrants must simply follow @petco on Instagram and tag their photos with the hashtag #PetcoHalloweenContest.
- Halloween Pet Costume Party: On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. local time, pets can slither their way to Petco’s in-store Halloween pet costume contest for a chance to win a spook-tacular prize. At noon, pet parents can attend Petco’s Trick-for-Treats seminar and learn useful training tips from experts. For pet parents looking to win best-dressed with their pet, the pet and pet parent costume contest starts at 12:30 p.m. Dogs, cats, reptiles and companion animals are all welcome to participate.
Petco reminds all pet parents that the same things that make Halloween fun for humans can make the holiday scary for pets. Candy and festive décor can be dangerous for pets who can’t resist gobbling everything in their path, so be sure to keep these things out of reach for pets. For pet parents planning to treat instead of trick, the Candy Apple and Tricks-for-Treats dog toys and the Bag of Treats cat toys provide pets hours of safe, festive fun.
Follow along on social media and post pictures of your pets celebrating Halloween with the hashtag #PetcoHalloween.
No Doggie Dentures Here: WHIMZEES All-Natural Daily Dental Chews for Dogs Reminds Pet Parents It’s Time to Brush for Pet Dental Health Month
New dental chew shapes and educational social media campaign make daily dental care more manageable for pet parents and more fun for pets
When was the last time you brushed your dog’s teeth? If it’s been a while, you’re not alone. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 99 percent of dog owners don’t brush their dog’s teeth, but WHIMZEES™ all-natural daily dental chews for dogs wants to show that it’s never too late to start.
Just in time for National Pet Dental Health Month this February, WHIMZEES is reminding pet parents to recommit to their dogs dental health. Just as humans brush twice daily, the brand is encouraging the same sense of daily routine for dogs by inviting pet parents to pick a time each day — dubbed WHIMZEES O’CLOCK — Time to Brush!
With fun videos of dogs chewing a WHIMZEES dental chew at the chime of a cuckoo clock, the brand is hoping to inspire more pet parents across the country to not only remember their dog’s dental wellbeing, but have fun with it!
“Gone are the days of dogs battling a toothbrush! Just as fruit-flavored toothpastes help get our kids excited about brushing their teeth, WHIMZEES does the same for dogs—they make dental care fun for them and easy for us!” said Kristof Vlaeminck, senior director of global brand marketing for WHIMZEES. “We want to change how pet parents think about their dog’s dental care and show how it only takes a minute a day—and one WHIMZEES a day—to help your dog have healthier gums, cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and overall wellbeing.”
Giving dog owners a fresh take on the toothbrush (one their dog won’t run from come cleaning time), WHIMZEES introduced Brushzees, the new shape of clean. Like all WHIMZEES chews, its unique shape helps ensure proper blood flow through dogs’ gums and helps clean hard-to-reach spots as dogs chew. Brushzees contain no artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, preservatives, gluten, wheat, grain, GMOs, or meat.
Recent scientific studies show that WHIMZEES are 80 percent more effective in reducing plaque than leading competitors1 and have a three times longer chewing time for three times more fun. Using limited, all-natural ingredients, WHIMZEES provide “Triple Care Dental Health” by helping to reduce tartar, plaque, and bad breath.
New Resource from the Pet Food Institute Shows the Nutrition behind a Cat’s Diet
Interactive infographics demonstrate roles of essential nutrients, from whisker to paw
The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98 percent of all U.S. pet food and treats, recently launched a new series of interactive infographics showing the ways that key nutrients found in a complete and balanced cat food recipe help our pets. The new web resource, “Nutrition from Whisker to Paw,” provides fast facts about the essential nutrition that fuels our cats’ growth and supports their body systems, as well as non-essential nutrients that can also serve important functions.
This is the second resource examining the unique nutritional needs of pets that PFI has released. In 2017, PFI released a tool called “Nutrition from Nose to Tail” that demonstrates the value of complete and balanced nutrition for dogs and how it supports their well-being.
“U.S. pet food makers work to ensure every meal has the nutrition that your cat needs,” said Dana Brooks, president and CEO of PFI. “The new ‘Nutrition from Whisker to Paw’ resource highlights the science behind a pet’s diet and why their nutrition matters.”
A “complete and balanced” pet food recipe contains more than 40 nutrients that are identified by veterinary researchers and nutritionists as essential to supporting a healthy pet, specifically: vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and protein and amino acids. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets the nutritional profiles for dogs and cats, which serves as the basis for “complete and balanced.”
“Nutrition from Whisker to Paw” shows some of the key functions of the essential nutrients in a cat’s diet. For example, supporting healthy vision, providing energy, and promoting muscle development and maintenance. This new resource also examines other important non-essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates.
“This new resource will help pet lovers see the nutrition in a pet food recipe in action,” Brooks said. “Whether you are feeding a growing kitten or a playful adult cat, their diet plays a key role in supporting a long and healthy life.”
To learn more about the essential nutrients included in a complete and balanced cat food recipe and how they help your pet, visit:
To learn more about essential nutrients for dogs via “Nose to Tail,” visit:
Petland Charities Partners with RCHS
Contract to feed all dogs at shelter beginning February 1
The program, which begins February 1, will provide Petland’s private label Heartland Naturals dog food at no cost to the shelter.
RCHS Executive Director Jenn Thomas is excited by the opportunity Petland has provided the shelter. “While we’ve had food donations in the past to feed our dogs, that program recently became unfeasible for us. Petland Charities stepping up will save our shelter thousands of dollars we would have otherwise spent on food that can now be redirected to other aspects of providing care, like medical needs and outreach.”
Petland Charities also provided the shelter staff with a one-hour educational session on Heartland Naturals food, ingredients, feeding requirements, and other details about the program.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to provide consistent, nutritional food to the dogs at RCHS. Jenn does a fantastic job promoting the shelter and finding homes for dogs in the community and we are happy to be able to support her efforts any way we can,” said Petland Charities Executive Director Steve Huggins.
In addition to the food donation contract, for every dog adopted at Ross County Humane Society Petland Charities will be providing a free bag of Heartland Naturals food in addition to a $50 gift card to help the adopter purchase necessary supplies for their newly adopted furry friend. Since March of 2016, Petland has redeemed more than $50,000 in gift cards from RCHS adopters.
The average adoption fee for an adult dog at Ross County Humane Society is $132 which includes the above listed, as well as first vaccines, deworming, microchipping, 2019 Ross County dog tags, and having the dog spay/neutered.
The shelter is open Monday thru Saturday 10 am- 4 pm at 2308 Lick Run Road, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. Adoption applications as well as information about all of the dogs available for adoption can be found on the website www.rosscountyhumanesociety.org.
Petland Charities is a 501c3 organization, that partners with the communities Petland corporate stores call home to raise funds for local shelters, K9 units, service dogs and dogs for veterans.
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