The pet costume industry has grown a little over 5 billion dollars in the past two years, meaning there are going to be a lot of cats, dogs, and even guinea pigs playing dress up this October 31st. Here are a few things to remember to keep pets of all shapes and sizes comfortable this Halloween.
- Does the animal seem uncomfortable? Pawing at headgear, or other articles of pet clothing, running away or wiggling out of an owner's grip could all be signs that Fido is not having fun. There is no reason to put a pet through anxiety or discomfort for the owner's pleasure.
- Is the costume well-fitting? Too-tight costumes can restrict breathing, movement and can even cause chaffing or other skin irritation.
- Is the costume too warm or not warm enough? Dogs can get chilly or overheated, especially if a costume is made out of material that does or does not retain heat. Owners must be aware of the weather and the their pets' comfort level.
- Leave the dog in the bedroom, or a bowl of candy on the porch if the dog is over-reactive to the doorbell.
Last, but not least. Take lots of pictures. No one can resist a cute pet in an adorable costume!