Are you dressing up your pet this Halloween? It is estimated that 20 million pet owners will dress up their pets this Halloween according o the National Retail Federation.
Although your pet may look irresistible all decked out in a Halloween costume, your pets safety and comfort come first. Make sure to follow these tips for dressing up pets for Halloween so they are safe and comfortable.
Here are some tips for dressing up pets for Halloween.
Does your pet really want to be dressed up?
We love seeing pets in funny or cute costumes however does your pet love it? Lego, our little friend above is one pet who is quite comfortable being in costume. Not all pets though tolerate costumes as well as Lego. Listen to what your pet is telling you. If your pet does not like being dressed up, don’t do it. This causes a lot of stress for your pet. Choose a nice Halloween bandanna instead.
Avoid pet costumes that restrict movement.
When choosing a Halloween pet costume, make sure that your pet has free movement and no restrictions. Costumes should allow the pet to move about freely so they can go about normal activities.
Pet costumes should allow for easy breathing, barking, meowing, and hearing.
Avoid costumes that impede a pets ability to hear, breathe, or communicate. Never dress your pet in costumes or clothing that restrict them in any way. Pets need to be able to communicate and the last thing we want is to make it difficult for them to breathe.
Examine pet costumes for loose or small, dangling pieces.
Loose pieces, dangling string, buttons, or sparkling décor can be dangerous for your pet. These can become tangled or irritating to your pet but more importantly some pets may try to chew pieces and choke. Check the costume over carefully.
Try the Halloween costume on your pet.
Trying on your pets costume will allow you the chance to see how your pet reacts to the costume. Ditch the Halloween costume if your pet is uncomfortable, irritated, scratching or distressed.
Enjoy a safe and fun holiday with your pets by following these tips for dressing up pets for Halloween.
Are you dressing your pet for Halloween?