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Three Tips for Dressing Up Your Pet for Halloween

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 11:15am
Dog Wearing a Halloween Costume

Are you ready? Halloween is just a week away. As most pet parents scramble to put the finishing touches on their own costumes, some are scrounging for the cutest or scariest attire they can find for their pets, too. But hold on—are Halloween costumes really okay for our furry friends?

It depends, say experts. Our vets and behaviorists weighed in and said putting your pet in costume is okay as long as you’re certain he’s comfortable in his holiday gear.

If you decide to have your pet wear a costume, here are three helpful tips to keep in mind:

Your pet’s Halloween garb shouldn’t constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes well in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, try switching to his birthday suit.

Dog Wearing a Halloween CostumeExamine your pet’s costume and make sure it doesn’t have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification on underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, tags or a microchip can be a lifesaver.

Are you planning to dress up your pet for Halloween? Let us know in the comment—and be sure to tag us @ASPCA if you upload any pics of your festive friend to Twitter or Instagram.

For more holiday advice, check out our expert Halloween Safety Tips.


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gloria

I not know yet I'm going try to my cat but if she not like it than I will not hers is a harnis with bat wegs I know is be OK with that but I not think I'll put the hat on I not think she will like it but we will see I think if ur pet is OK with it than go for it but if not not much it and if I do it will look only be for trick or tarit

gloria

I not know yet I'm going try to my cat but if she not like it than I will not hers is a harnis with bat wegs I know is be OK with that but I not think I'll put the hat on I not think she will like it but we will see I think if ur pet is OK with it than go for it but if not not much it and if I do it will look only be for trick or tarit

ASPCA

You need grammer and correct capetalizing/spelling to remain on this site. GET GRAMMER NOOB!

Elisabeth

I never dress up my cats, they HATE it. But my dog actually enjoys wearing sweaters and shirts. So he's going to be a SHARKDAWG for Halloween, he's very excited. :)

NO COSTUMES

ashley

yey :D

Micki

No costumes for pets

Sherry Sabin

My cat looks best & feels best nude!! Her costume by Mother Nature is best. I realize that dogs are more social, but is it right to make your pet put up with a costume? Winter coat: YES Costume: NO

Judith Weaver

Animals are not toys. Nature has already given them a lovely costume of fur.

Judith Weaver

No, pets are not toys. Nature has already given them a lovely coat of fur.

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