Halloween Costume Safety Tips for Pets

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Everybody loves a cute pet in a Halloween costume. Pet costumes are very popular and are gaining more popularity every year.  You can make your own costume, or choose one of the many costumes that are available ready-made. Either way, when it comes to pets and costumes, keep the following in mind to help your costumed cat or dog stay safe.

First, don’t dress your dog or cat in a costume unless you know they enjoy it. For some pets, wearing a costume may cause stress.

If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume doesn’t annoy them. Costumes should not constrict your pet’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow.

Be sure to have a dress rehearsal and try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior while wearing their costume, consider letting your animal go au naturale or try a festive bandana.

Look closely at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could choke your cat or dog. Also, outfits that do not fit well can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Follow these guidelines, and pets and pack leaders should have a safe and fun HOWL-O-Ween!

If you need a little inspiration, take a look at this video of the 2010 Halloween Dog Parade at Thompson Square Park in New York City – one of the larges pet costume parades in the country, and a NYC tradition for over 20 years.

Thomson Square Park 2010 Halloween Dog Costume Parade

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