It’s almost time for Halloween, and it’s tempting to dress your pet up like a cute devil, hot dog, fairy or goodness knows what else.
Now, I’m not in the dress-your-pet-up category (but then again, my dogs chewed leather collars off of each other, so a Halloween costume wouldn’t stand a chance), but I will admit I’ve seen a cute devil Chihuahua or firefighter Dalmatian a time or two.
If you do choose to trick-or-treat with your pet this Halloween, keep a few things in mind.
First, your pet might not be a good candidate for dress-up. They might be the nervous type or the chewing type.
If indeed they do channel their inner costume diva, be sure to follow these guidelines:
- Make sure the costume fits well and allows your pet to move around freely.
- Avoid costumes with strings or small parts that can be chewed off and swallowed.
- The costume should not restrict your pet’s vision, hearing or breathing in any way.
- If you plan to take your pet trick-or-treating outside after dark, look for reflective safety stripes on the pet costume; add them yourself if the costume doesn’t come equipped with reflective stripes.
- Always supervise your pet when he or she is wearing the costume so you can help your pet if there is a costume malfunction or the costume becomes hung up on anything.