Are you a pet parent who likes to dress your pet in costume? Maybe even plan your own costume to match? In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza shares a few ideas to help you safely dress up your pet this Halloween.
Whether you have a dog, cat or even a guinea pig, pets always look adorable all dressed up for Halloween. But while we think it’s cute, they may have other ideas.
First remember comfort and safety is key. If a costume is too tight, too itchy, or smells strange your pet is not going to like it and will get out of it, or injure themselves or you trying. Be sure a costume is the right size. If you need a larger size for a short, portly dog give yourself time to make alterations to a costume. You may have to cut the sleeves to fit and make some minor adjustments. Duct tape can also help in a pinch.
Be aware of dragging material that can be a tripping hazard to your pet and yourself.
Avoid costumes that obscure a dog’s vision. Not being able to see can make even the sweetest dog fearful and possibly nippy.
Be sure and remove all tags and plastic hooks that can poke or scratch your pet.
Dogs with allergies may not be able to tolerate synthetic materials at all. So consider making a costume from an old t-shirt, jeans, or other cotton materials.
If a full costume is too much for you or your pet, look for fun Halloween collars with extra trimmings.
If you want to show off with your pet this Halloween instead of taking them trick or treating, try an event just for pets and leave them home on Halloween night. Take care of your pets and have them spayed or neutered.