We love the autumn season. Cooler weather, beautiful fall foliage, apples, pumpkins and Halloween. What’s not to love? This year, why not include your pet in many of the festive fall activities you yourself love to do. It’s a matter of getting creative and thinking outside the box, and at West Park Animal Hospital, we’re here to help you do just that!
Fall Fun For Your Pet
Pumpkin and apple picking – taking a romp in your nearby apple orchard or pumpkin patch could be great fun for your dog. Just remember to check that the farm is dog friendly before you go. Your dog would also love to help you navigate the corn maze, and taste some apple and pumpkin treats of his own. Bonus: outdoors, fresh air, and exercise for all!
Pumpkin carving – After you bring home your pumpkins, treat your pets to a pumpkin carving party, starring… them! Try your hand at carving your cat, dog, or rabbit, or stick to a paw print. Your dog, cats, and small pets would also love a little cooked fresh mashed pumpkin as a treat – the health benefits abound!
Halloween movie marathon – We bet all your pets love to snuggle up on the couch, and a scary movie is a good excuse to have them under the blankets with you all night. This is a great tradition if your pets get stressed by all the trick or treating hullabaloo. Leave a bowl of treats on the doorstep so you and your pets can snuggle in peace!
Costume party – Your dogs can get in on the fun here. Invite some of your canine friends and have them play games, give treats, and have a contest for the best costume. Make sure everyone is safe by inviting those pups you know well.
You could also host a cat-themed Halloween party. Dress up your cats in their best costumes, and serve cat themed appetizers and cat desserts. Of course, no cat themed party would be complete without a kitty litter cake!
Oktoberfest – although the Cleveland Oktoberfest is over, we recommend hosting your own Oktoberfest themed gathering in your backyard. This way, you can include your dogs in the fun without the stress of taking them to such a big event. Lederhosen and steins are mandatory.
Fall hiking – fall hiking is absolutely gorgeous, and there are many trails to choose from. Your dog will love to join you for a day of crisp autumn air, earthy smells, and beautiful fall color. Just remember to make sure your dog is protected from fleas and ticks.
We hope you’ve gotten some inspiration from these ideas, and that you’re planning on including your pets in your fall fun. If you have other ideas, call us and let us know what you’re doing!