Fright Night is creeping closer! Is your four-legged friend joining the Halloween fun this year? Maybe your sweet-natured Golden Retriever will be transformed into a lion (who loves everyone and scares no one). Or perhaps your cat will stir up some buzz as the world’s cutest bee. Even if your pet doesn’t nab “Best in Show,” no matter; he’s already won your heart. Before the bewitching hours are upon us, be sure to review these Halloween costume pet safety tips.
- Preparation is key! Test the costume out on your pet before Halloween so he has time to get used to it.
- Comfort, above all: If your pet seems miserable in his Halloween garb, don’t force him to wear it. The Humane Society reminds pet owners to look for signs of discomfort: folded-down ears, eyes rolling back or looking sideways, a tucked tail, and hunching over.
- No mask needed: Make sure the Halloween costume does not block your pet’s face or ears. The ASPCA cautions that your pet should be able to see, breathe, bark/meow, and hear as he would normally.
- Gotta dance: Check that your pet is able to move freely, and ensure that there are no dangling parts that could cause him to get tangled and trip.
- Simple is sometimes best: Avoid costumes with small, chewable parts or accessories that could come off and become a choking hazard.
- On the alert: Keep an eye on your furry pal throughout the night, and make sure that he still seems comfortable and safe in his Halloween costume.