9 safety tips to remember if you dress your pet in a Halloween Pet Costumes.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s SUPERDOG! Costumes aren’t just for people. Pet owners love spreading the Halloween pet costumes fun by dressing their four-legged friends up as superheroes, scary ghosts and famous celebrities.
Tiffany Donhauser Thomas, a mother and pet owner, who works in a veterinarian’s office in Florida, says that she dresses up her Pyrenees mix on a regular basis, as things like a lobster, Batman and hockey fan.
But while pet lovers often enjoy dressing up their dogs or cats in what they think are cute costumes, many don’t realize their pets may not appreciate it as much as their owners. Some pets really do love dressing up and goofing off for the camera and costumes often don’t cause any issues. But whether big or small, it’s always important to keep your pet’s needs first.
“The most important thing to consider when dressing your pet up for Halloween is safety,” says Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
If you do decide to dress your pet up for Halloween this year, here are nine safety tips to keep in mind when selecting Halloween pet costumes:
- Be Aware of Stress
Dr. Murray highlights this as one of the major factors against dressing a pet up. “Watch out for any signs of stress or anxiety when you put a costume on your pet. If your pet hates her costume, don’t force her to wear it! A nice orange bandana or bow tie is a happy alternative to a full-fledged costume.”If you have a pet that dislikes wearing items of clothing and acts impatient, annoyed, uncomfortable or unhappy, it could cause serious problems for your furry friend.
- Don’t Limit Movements or Senses
“It’s crucial that any pet costume does not limit the animal’s movement, hearing, sight or ability to breathe, bark, eat, drink, urinate or defecate,” says Dr. Murray
Read more about Halloween Pet Costumes at care.com