3 Halloween Costume Hazards Every Pet Owner Needs to Know


Halloween is right around the corner. You may be decorating everything in sight with cobwebs, pumpkins, and skeletons—including your pet. Although we’ll admit cats and dogs are incredibly cute as pirates, dinosaurs, and spiders, Halloween costumes can pose a serious threat to your pet’s safety. Avoid falling into these three costume tricks to ensure your furry pal’s Halloween is nothing but treats.


#1: Ensure you purchase the appropriate size costume for your pet

While shopping, you may discover the most adorable costume for your pet but not remember how much they weigh, so you eyeball the outfit, trying to envision your pet wearing the costume comfortably since they can’t try it on. Weigh your pet before heading out costume-shopping, and be a good judge of fit, rather than trying to cram your English bulldog into a costume meant for a miniature dachshund. 


#2: Remove ribbons, ties, buttons, and other items your pet can chew off the costume

Dangling objects can prove irresistible to pets, particularly those that trail from their bodies. Flashy costumes may be adorned with ribbons, ties, buttons, and a multitude of other accessories that can prove too tempting to resist nibbling. If your pet is known for chewing off-limits items, stick to a simple costume.


#3: Double-check your pet’s comfort level in their costume

As your pet moves, jumps, and plays, their costume may shift and slide, cutting off their vision, airway, or circulation. Carefully check the fit of your pet’s costume to ensure their eyes, nose, or mouth are not covered, and the outfit is not too tight around their legs or neck. Also, ensure their costume is not too loose and hanging down where their legs can become caught, causing a dangerous fall.  


By keeping these hazards in mind this Halloween, it will save you lots of trouble with your pets! If your pet gets themselves into some spooky trouble, contact us, and we can help!