Ahhh… autumn is officially here. Whether you prefer to call it autumn or fall, either way it’s undeniably my favourite time of year. Jeans & hoodies, fall colours, the smell and sound of crunching leaves, beef stew, roast beef dinners, pumpkin spice everything!
With this list of “all things fall”, still one question remains….should I dress my pet up for Halloween or what should I dress my pet up as for Halloween?
Here are some hints to keep them safe & happy this Halloween:
Some of the greatest looking costumes I can remember as a child came from huge refrigerator boxes, but they were certainly not practical and terribly uncomfortable. If your pet is used to wearing a coat/sweater -try using that as the foundation for a costume – bonus: it will still be comfy (and warm too)!
- Avoid Choking or Potential Ingested Foreign Body Hazards
Costumes that include strings, hats & scarves can be dangerous – make sure all embellishments are firmly attached and don’t leave your pet dressed unsupervised.
- No Candy, please
Stick to their regular treats – candy & chocolate are not good for them (even in moderation).
- Light it up!
Be sure to add a glow stick or flashing safety light to you & your pet if you’re out in the dark.
- Use your Judgment:
Most importantly, if you decide to dress up your pet, make sure it is for the right reasons. If they are typically an easy-going personality and seem to enjoy the fuss & attention – bring on the fun! If however, their body language tells you they are stressed and not enjoying it – best to let them stay “dressed” as “the cutest dog/cat in all of Aylmer” and leave it at that.
Check out this link for cute Halloween costume ideas:
If you’re out & about on October 31st – pop in and see us – our cookie jar is always full!
Written by Angela Noble, RVT & Practice Manager