Warning: Halloween Costumes Aren’t Natural for Pets!

Oh we know costumes are cute on pets, but they aren’t natural and with anything unnatural comes potential danger. We suggest avoiding costumes entirely for cats because they’re just too tough to supervise. Try a nice Halloween-theme collar instead.  If you decide to buy a Halloween costume for your dog, please consider the following pet costume safety tips.

Pet Halloween Costume Safety

How to Avoid a Halloween Costume Nightmare

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Naturally, you’ll want to show off your dog’s costume.  It’s important to make sure your dog is leashed, tagged/chipped, and remains under an adult’s control. This applies whether he’s out with you or home with access to the door.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Don’t force the issue – not all dogs enjoy dressing up.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert The less elaborate the dog costume is, the more likely it is that your pet will tolerate it and be comfortable.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Check the costume carefully to ensure there are no pieces that can be chewed off or get caught on objects.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Make sure it fits properly so it’s comfortable, stays in place, and does not restrict your dog’s movement.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Do not use Halloween masks on pets.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Avoid elastics in pet costumes – they can be uncomfortable and impair circulation.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Consider adding secured reflective material.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert NEVER leave a costumed dog unsupervised.

Dog Halloween costume safety alert Bonus Halloween Safety Tip:  Remember his first duty is to guard your family. If someone frightens you or your children or if he senses any nervousness at all, he’ll probably go into protection mode and may act aggressively.

For more Halloween pet safety tips, please visit the ASPCA.

STAY SAFE & HAPPY Dog Halloween costume safety alerts HAUNTING!

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2 Responses to “Warning: Halloween Costumes Aren’t Natural for Pets!”

  1. Leigh says:

    As with any endeavor for our pets, we should always proceed with caution. Excellent reminders still!

  2. Mayla says:

    Great points! I don’t know why people want to put dogs through that!

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