Halloween is a great time to bust out those pet costumes, even if you are against them 364 days of the year! Dogs and cats can get into the festive spirit as well and, when planned appropriately, dressing up your pet can be fun and safe.
Depending on how much you want to get your pet involved, below are a few tips for planning the perfect Halloween costume and advice should you decide to bring your dog out trick-or-treating with your family.
If you decide to make or purchase a costume for your pet, please keep the following in mind:
- Choose a costume that is loose-fitting for your pet and doesn’t cover his or her head
- Monitoring your pet for signs of stress, discomfort or overheating. If your pet displays any unusual warning signs, be prepared to loosen or remove the costume.
- Avoid costumes with small pieces or components that can be removed as they can turn into chocking hazards or possible obstructions.
- Make sure that you can still put a leash and collar (with tags) on your pet under the costume.
Outside of the actual costume, there are a few things that pet owners should keep in mind while taking pets outdoors and into the Halloween madness!
Be wary of strangers.
While "stranger danger” is always something that pet owners should watch out for, there are some crazies out on Halloween that might not be thinking about safety while interacting with your pet. Keep your pet on a leash and don’t let anyone you don’t know give your pet candy or any sorts of treats.
Keep pets away from haunted houses.
As much as you jump out of your skin when you walk by the houses that decide to turn their yards into haunted houses, think of how freaked out your pet would be if he or she were to enter the maze. If you think that a house looks like it will have things that pop out or a moving decoration, let your kids go ahead (where you can still see them) and hang back on the sidewalk with your dog.
Brush up on key commands.
There is a lot going on as you roam the streets on Halloween – kids running around, large crowds – so make sure to review the common "come” and "sit” commands with your dog at home. Should he or she get away from your grip, you want to make sure that you can call them back before the kids scare them or they wander into the street.
We hope that everyone has a safe Halloween and enjoys the festivities with their families, friends and pets! Should you have some photos of your dog or cat dressed up, please feel free to share them and we love to see photos of all our local furry friends.