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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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Beth

For Christ's sake, there not wolves.

Angelique

I agree with Kathy. No On No to pet wearing costumes. Animals were not meant to wear clothes of any kind. They still have some predator in them. They are not furry children! Sorry people.

Angelique

I agree with Kathy. No On No to pet wearing costumes. Animals were not meant to wear clothes of any kind. They still have some predator in them. They are not furry children! Sorry people.

Elaine

I agree !

danpeverill@aol.com

And then there's Hell no!!! LOL, I keep thinking of that poor little dog in the Grinch movie. :|

C D E Blake

DITTO DITTO DITTO ! ! !

Erica Dabrowski

Me too - I will never see the need to dress up my pets, so a resounding NO from Oshkosh!

Mary Bzdel Kliner

Good advice given & Brandy too big to dress up for Halloween since he is 52 inches long & wide.

Jess

My dog loves costumes & clothes in general! I don't like dressing him up because I think it is super weird. But on occasion I will let him & he can't get enough of it. I can't even leave a shirt on the floor without him trying to put it on (I have lost many dry clean blouses this way).
If it isn't hurting them - or if they are into it - what exactly is the problem with dressing them up?

mikos

agree (with Gerry):
best three tips:
1.No
2.No
3.No

The only people who dress a pet up, are those that do it for their Own amusement and for the praise they get (which is wrong). No animal enjoys being dressed up. To them it is like when someone throws a blanket over us, sits on us, and then tries to suffocate us.

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