Halloween is getting bigger and bigger every year: it’s now the second most popular holiday here in the US, trailing only behind Christmas. One reason people love the autumn holiday so much is because it’s just so fun to dress up in costumes. Your canine pal may be more than happy to join in the festivities. Just be sure to put your dog’s health and safety first. A vet offers some tips on this in this article from Hassayampa Veterinary Services, serving Wickenburg and the surrounding communities.
First and foremost, make sure that your furry friend’s outfit is comfortable for him to wear, and isn’t too loose or too tight. Before you go shopping—whether online or at brick-and-mortar stores—take your pup’s measurements. You’ll want to note the circumference of Fido’s neck, chest, and belly, the height of his shoulders and hips, the width of his chest, and the length of his neck. An adjustable outfit is always a great choice.
Pay close attention to the material of your pet’s outfit. You want something that is breathable, so your canine friend won’t get too hot or too cold. Avoid anything that is or could be flammable. You’ll also want to stay away from anything that has small pieces, like buttons: these can be choking hazards. Zippers are also a hard no, as they can get caught in Fido’s fur. Also, make sure your pup’s costume doesn’t interfere with his movements or field of vision. You’ll likely have the best luck if you go through a company that specializes in dog costumes, as these will be created with these issues in mind.
Some of our canine companions are very calm, and will barely bat an eye at being dressed like a penguin. Others will get immediately uneasy in clothes. Don’t force Fido to wear clothing if he seems uncomfortable. If your dog has long fur, you’ll need to take care not to let him overheat. It may be best to just snap your pup’s picture and then take his outfit off.
Now for the fun stuff: picking your furry buddy’s costume. Fido has donned a ton of adorable outfits: he’s been a spider, a taco, a butterfly, a dinosaur, and a pirate, to name a few. If you can find something that works with your outfit, go for it!
Do you have questions about your beloved pet’s health or care? Contact Hassayampa Veterinary Services, Wickenburg and the surrounding communities, today!