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Do’s and Don’ts of Pet Costumes

halloween candy dogs cat halloweenFor a lot of us, Halloween is our favorite time of year. The smell of fall leaves, the chill in the air, the pumpkins, the candy, and of course the costumes! Sometimes dressing up our dog or cat is as much fun as dressing up ourselves. Ok, sometimes it is more fun. But if you are going to dress your pet in a costume, make sure that that costume is only scary in the “Boo! Happy Halloween” kind of way and not the “OMG my pet needs a vet” kind of way.

Tips For a Safe Pet Halloween Costume

1. Never Force Your Pet to Wear a Costume: 

    1. Some pets love to wear costumes and other’s do not. If you pet does not like wearing a costume, do not force them to. Forcing a costume on your pet will only cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Signs that your pet doesn’t like wearing a costume are: picking at the costume, trying to remove it, biting or chewing it, crying or whining.

2. Don’t Leave Them Alone: 

    1. Even if your pet loves to wear costumes, this is not their natural state of being. It is easy for them to get tangled up in their costume. If they get stuck, this can cause panic and may lead to your pet getting hurt. It is best to keep your pet with you while they are in costume.

3. Are They Able to Move?

    1. It is important that your pet be able to move in their costume. Many costumes are restrictive. When you put on their costume, make sure that your pet an move their legs, head, and neck around easily. Most importantly, make sure that their airway is not obstructed. Make sure they can breath!

4. It’s Not All or Nothing

    1. Your pet may like their new costume, but they might not like all of it. Pay attention to their body language to see if maybe they are having an issue with part of their costume. Maybe you have a hat or a cape and they are pulling and tugging on it. If your pet is ok with some of the costume but not all of the costume, don’t be afraid to modify it. Ultimately they are going to look cute no matter what, they might as well be comfortable as well.

5. Can Your Pet See and Hear?

    1. A lot of costumes may be cute, and be fine in terms of your pets ability to move, but they may be restrictive in their vision or hearing. Your pets sight and hearing are important for them to be able to navigate and to be able to determine when they are in danger or not. You never want to give them a costume that restricts their ability to see or hear.

6. Hair Dye for Pets

    1. We do not recommend putting any kind of hair dye or temporary hair color on your pets. When your pet bathes themselves, they ingest the hair dye and this can make them sick. In fact, it is best if you resist the urge to put any hair product of any kind on your pet. Hair dye and hair product can cause diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach, and other issues. Best to give it a big pass.

7. To Glow or Not To Glow?

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        1. Halloween is prime glow stick season. Often we cover our kids and ourselves in glowing bracelets and necklaces. For humans this is fine, but for pets this is one that is better to skip. The glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets, are toxic to your dog if they ingest them. If you pet chews on a glow stick it can make them incredibly sick. In fact, if you think your pet has swallowed any of the contents of a glow stick, get in touch with your

      local vet


We hope that you are your pet have a wonderful Halloween!