Are you getting into the spooky spirit for Halloween? If you’re planning on including your pets in on the festivities by dressing them up in costume, here are some considerations to think through first.
#1: Ensure you purchase the appropriate size costume for your pet
While shopping, you may discover the most adorable costume for your pet but not remember how much they weigh, so you eyeball the outfit, trying to envision your pet wearing the costume comfortably since they can’t try it on. Weigh your pet before heading out costume-shopping, and be a good judge of fit, rather than trying to cram your English bulldog into a costume meant for a miniature dachshund.
#2: Double-check your pet’s comfort level in their costume
As your pet moves, jumps, and plays, their costume may shift and slide, cutting off their vision, airway, or circulation. Carefully check the fit of your pet’s costume to ensure their eyes, nose, or mouth are not covered, and the outfit is not too tight around their legs or neck. Also, ensure their costume is not too loose and hanging down where their legs can become caught, causing a dangerous fall.
#3: Remove ribbons, ties, buttons, and other items your pet can chew off the costume
Dangling objects can prove irresistible to pets, particularly those that trail from their bodies. Flashy costumes may be adorned with ribbons, ties, buttons, and a multitude of other accessories that can prove too tempting to resist nibbling. If your pet is known for chewing off-limits items, stick to a simple costume.
If you have any questions or concerns about having a safe and fun Halloween with your pet, the team at Latah Creek Animal Hospital is happy to help! Contact us.