Countdown to Halloween Pet Safety #3

Dressed for Terror?
Who isn’t a sucker for a creative pet costume? I mean, seriously. If it’s fun for people to dress themselves up as whatever their imaginations can devise, it’s just as much fun for many of them, to dress up their pets.

I think the verdict is still out for this Italian Greyhound. I know mine would freak out.

Fun for them, not necessarily for their pets. If your pet is a ham at heart–and plenty of them are–then you might want to try some of the ideas in the photos I’ve been unable to resist, below. But keep scrolling–because not all pets are into this whole “costume” thing.

This “Fluffy” seems to be taking things in stride.
And I’d swear some of these ghost-dogs are smiling.
Nor does this terrier seem particularly terrorized.

Other pets, however, may not be so sanguine about dressing up. Pay attention to their reactions and body language. The cutest idea in the world won’t be cute at all, if it turns your loving companion into a freaked-out basket case.


I’m less than sure the E-collar martini-dog is happy about this particular happy hour.
According to the ASPCA, “If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.”

While this Chia-Pet Frenchie is being a good sport, that look says, “Mom, can I take it off now?”
Is there an unwritten law that IGs get afflicted with more costumes? I’m not sure Sniffer is thrilled.
I couldn’t find as many costumed cats as dogs (big surprise), but while we’re on a Tootsie-Roll theme . . .

Another thing to consider is the choking hazard that may be posed by some costumes. The ASPCA advises, “make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.” 

After all, it’s no treat if your pet feels he’s been trapped in a cruel trick, or if she is injured by an ill-conceived costume. Let’s keep Halloween fun and safe for all!

IMAGES: many thanks to Funny Image Collection, for the “Tootsie Roll Pup,” “Fluffy and Harry,” and “Ghost Dog Lineup” photos, and to Romp Rescue for the “Star Wars At-At,” “Terrier Package,” “Martini E-Collar” and “Chia Pet” photos. The “Tootsie-Roll Cats” photo is from the IGN “Kitties” thread.

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Kansas City-based Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and teacher. She makes nationally-recognized paper sculpture and writes sf mystery novels about a sapient police dog.

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