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StoryOctober 23, 2023

5 Costume Safety Tips for Celebrating Halloween with Your Dog or Cat

Three Shetland Shepherd dogs wearing Halloween costumes

As Halloween approaches, many pet owners love to include their furry friends in the festivities. Dressing up your dog or cat in a cute costume can be a fun way to celebrate, but it’s important to always prioritize their safety and comfort. Check out these five safety tips to ensure a happy and safe Halloween for you and your beloved pet:

1. Select an Appropriate Costume

When choosing an animal-appropriate costume for your pet, make sure it is suitable for their size, breed, and age. Avoid outfits that are too tight or restrictive, as they can cause discomfort or restrict movement. Opt for lightweight and breathable materials that won’t cause your pet to overheat.

2. Ensure Proper Fit

Just like humans, pets need costumes that fit them properly. Ill-fitting costumes can cause chafing, irritation, or even pose a tripping hazard. Always measure your pet’s size accurately and choose a costume that allows them to move freely without any restrictions.

3. Avoid Choking Hazards

Be sure to check that your pet’s costume doesn’t have any small parts that can be easily chewed off or swallowed. Be mindful of buttons, zippers, or decorative pieces that could become choking hazards. It’s always better to choose costumes with securely attached accessories or opt for simpler designs that eliminate these risks.

4. Unobstructed Sight, Hearing, and Breathing

Ensure that your pet’s costume doesn’t obstruct their sight, hearing, or breathing. Masks or headpieces should have enough room for your pet to see and hear clearly. Avoid covering their nose or mouth, as it can impede their breathing or ability to eat or drink properly. Above all else, always prioritize their comfort and well-being.

5. Encourage Frequent Breaks and Supervision

Even with a well-fitted and comfortable costume, it’s essential to give your pet regular breaks. Costumes can cause anxiety or stress in some animals, so be sure to keep a close eye on your pet’s behavior. If they seem uncomfortable or distressed, don’t risk it, remove the costume and allow them to enjoy the festivities without it.

Make the dress up occasion a fun one for you and your bet, be sure to reward your dog or cat with some treats. Check out our Rachael Ray® Nutrish® Soup Bones™ made with real chicken and veggies, a treat your dog will love. If you’re looking for a treat your feline friend can enjoy, check out our 9Lives® crunchy treats, available in chicken and turkey flavor.

Remember, Halloween should be a joyful experience for both you and your pet. By following these costume safety tips, you can ensure that your furry companion stays happy, comfortable, and safe while joining in the Halloween fun!