Halloween Can Be ‘Ruff’ On Dogs
According to a recent survey published by Rover, 79% of pet parents plan on decking out their pet in Halloween attire, 50+% are considering trick-or-treating with their pup, and 70% think their dogs will stand at the door dropping candy into trick-or-treaters’ pumpkin-shaped buckets.
Pets strutting about in Halloween costumes sure may be entertaining to you, but there can be physical - and even psychological - consequences. And all for a few TikTok reels or Instagram posts.
How can something so...cute...create such havoc in the hearts and minds of our four-legged friends? Well, ill-fitting costumes can cause distress and even choking; noisy crowds can stress our sweeties’ nervous systems. And then there’s the chocolate – a huge no-no for canines.
The bottom line: if you’re going to dress up your pet, make sure you do it safely.
For some helpful hints, check out these tips from The School for Dogs:
- Make sure costumes aren’t restrictive — Esp. around the chest and throat
- Watch out for potential choking hazards — Buttons, pompoms, trim
- Ensure your pet doesn’t overheat — Go with fabric that breathes
- Consider your pet’s age and physical limitations
- Never leave a costumed pet unsupervised
After all, you have no idea who they idolize, who they dream of being — Scooby-Doo, Pup-O’Noodles, Barbie, Queen Elizabeth - the Queen Mother?
Why risk it? The safest place for your pet is nestled beside you on the couch, eating pup-corn and watching horror movies. With the front porch light off and the curtains closed. Ignore the doorbell. Just ignore it…
Save the costumes for the humans.