Pet expert Wendy Diamond has some Halloween safety tips and pet Halloween costumes.
1. Ingestion. Your dachshund may be sporting a hotdog outfit put that still means that their costume is for them to wear, not to eat! Let them become accustomed to their costume slowly, and make sure they're comfortable. You want them to spook others, not you - by swallowing something they shouldn't!
2. Observe. After you've put on your pet's costume, observe them to make sure they are comfortable in it. Also, with the constant opening and closing of doors when you are giving out candy, make sure to observe your pet because they might sneak through the door when it's open, or go after the candy bowl! A helpful hint is to make sure that there is reflective tape on your pets costume so in case they do run out the door, drivers (and you!) can see them more easily. Remember, the accessory that goes with every costume is a pet identification tag!
3. Fitting. Make sure the costume isn't too tight for your pet. Remember that pets are sensitive to ear infections, so steer clear of any costumes that require direct ear contact, even if the costume is that cute.
4. Vision. Make sure the costume doesn't obstruct your pet's ability to see. We don't want little batman or the dog sheriff to run into anything!
5. Make-up and costume paints. Putting make-up or costume paints on your pet isn't a good idea. They could eat it or it could irritate their skin. Even make-up that is labeled non-toxic could cause a stomachache, or worse, if digested. All dogs are natural beauties without makeup anyway!
6. Candy. There obviously will be lots of candy around during Halloween. Remember that chocolates are toxic for your pet and lollipops could become lodged in your pet's throat. These treats are for you only! This doesn't mean your pet has to miss out on the Trick-or-Treating; it just gives you more of an excuse to spoil your pet with some Halloween themed animal-friendly treats!
7. Etc. If your pet is uneasy around children or panics at loud noises, you may want to keep them indoors during the Halloween festivities. For example, the sounds of screaming ghosts or haunted houses could disturb or disorient your pet, so make sure they have a quiet place they can relax in if things get too hectic for them.
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