PetSmart Invites Pet Parents to “Step Right Up” for Carnival-Themed Halloween – Canada NewsWire

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Pet parents are in for happy hauntings this Halloween season with spooktacular new products and a social media pet costume contest

BURLINGTON, ON , Sept. 13, 2022 /CNW/ – PetSmart Canada invites pet parents to step right up and make their beloved pets the star attraction this Halloween with a new carnival-themed collection featuring festive apparel, toys, and accessories. With new products, a social media contest and top safety and celebration tips, PetSmart Canada is the destination for pet parents and their dogs, cats, reptiles, aquatics and small animals to get into the spooky spirit of the season.

“At PetSmart, we are pet-obsessed when it comes to Halloween and will do anything for our pets to get into the spirit with us, ” Kristin Shane , SVP Chief Merchandising Officer , said. “Not only are we offering costumes plus treats for pet parents to spoil their furry — or scaly — family members, we’re creating unique experiences for the whole pet family to enjoy together throughout the Halloween night season. ”

New Items for Tricks and Treats

The PetSmart Halloween Costume Shop comes to life with new costumes, accessories, toys, treats and ball pits with regard to pet families to enjoy together, including the Thrills and Chills™ Halloween Clown Ball Pit ,   with 75 balls included, the Thrills and Chills™ Carnival House Corrugated Hut   and a variety of toys plus costumes to bring out the particular inner ringleader, performer or carnival animal in any dog.

For when your pet chooses “treat” over “trick, ” PetSmart is also offering delectable delights, including a honey-flavored Gourdgeous Cookie dog treat , a Creepy Cone treat   for small pets and crunchy Boo Bars , featuring flavours of pumpkin and cinnamon.

No Scaredy Cats Necessary! Veterinarian Do’s and Don’ts for a Pet’s Best Halloween

Candy corn, chocolate and other sweet treats are usually perfectly fine for kids on Halloween party, but pets should avoid most sweet human foods when it’s time for trick or treating, warns Dr . Lauren Adelman , DVM. She offers the following recommendations for a pet’s best Halloween, including how to get that perfect costumed photo:

  • Don’t: Share gum, mints, candy, and baked goods from the trick-or-treat bag with your pet. Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in these items, can cause dangerously low blood sugar and liver damage in dogs.
  • Avoid: Allow your pet to sneak raisins or even alcohol. While these two items are very different from each other, they are toxic and can cause kidney or respiratory failure.
  • Don’t: Keep candy wrappers, glow sticks, candles, and other decor away from a snout’s reach. The hot wax plus flame of a candle can burn a pet and can cause gastrointestinal upset, from vomiting to bowel obstruction, if consumed.
  • Do: Use pet-safe treats, like Thrills and Chills Hallow-Scream Pops , to teach a pet basic command to stop them from jumping on trick-or-treaters or running toward the doorbell and even keep them away from unsafe items.
  • Do: Get their attention using pet-safe goodies to snap that pet-perfect Halloween photo.

Happy Haunting Costume Contest

Once pet parents shop the new carnival collection, they’re ready to create a memorable Halloween with their pet. PetSmart Canada is hosting a Happy Haunting Costume Contest on Instagram from Oct. 3-26 . Three grand prize winners will be awarded the $500 PetSmart gift card and nine runners-up will be awarded a $250 PetSmart gift card!

Pet parents are encouraged to share photos or videos of their happy haunters in three categories: Best Boos, Your Little Monster and Spooky Scene. By following and tagging @PetSmartCanada   on Instagram, including the hashtag #HappyHauntingContestCA, and the category-specific hashtag #BestBoos, #YourLittleMonster, or #SpookyScene, they’ll have a chance to win one grand reward per category for a $500 PetSmart gift card or even one of nine runner’s up prizes for a $250 PetSmart gift card.

Judging  takes place Oct. 27-28 and winners will be announced the week of Halloween.

For more information upon Halloween at PetSmart, which includes ways to shop, visit petsmart. ca/featured-shops/Halloween .

About PetSmart Canada

PetSmart is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs associated with pets. At PetSmart, we will do anything for animals! Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, with each other, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. PetSmart employs approximately 4, 800 associates and operates more than 150 pet stores in Canada , as well as eight in-store PetSmart PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides services such as dog training, pet grooming, and pet adoption through third-party animal welfare organizations.

PetSmart Charities of Canada is committed to making the world a better place for pets and all who love them. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the country, PetSmart Charitable organizations of Canada helps thousands of pets connect with loving families each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada’s grants and efforts connect pets with loving homes through adoption, improve access to affordable veterinary care and support families in times of crisis with access to food, shelter,   and emergency relief. Independent from PetSmart LLC, PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity. To learn more visit www.PetSmartCharities.ca .  

SOURCE PetSmart Canada

For further information: Kaitlyn Ward, Weber Shandwick, [email protected]

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