So with Halloween celebrated today are you planning to dress your dog or cat up in the cutest mini-sized novelty costume you can find?
Personally I’m not a massive fan as I’m not convinced all pets enjoy it, with most preferring to stick to their birthday suits or donning the odd themed neckerchief; and being dressed like a pumpkin for their owner’s amusement can even cause pets unnecessary stress and even result in abnormal behaviour.
However if you do decide to dress up your pet then please try on costumes before the big night, and make sure breathing, movement, hearing, and ability to bark or meow aren’t constricted, as well as double checking there‘re no small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could be swallowed or inhaled.
It’s essential your dog or cat has proper identification on underneath that costume too. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tag (legal requirement) and/or microchip can be a lifesaver.
With so many sweets around on Halloween it’s also important to remember chocolate – especially dark or baking chocolate – is extremely poisonous to all dogs. Chewing gum containing artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you suspect your pet has ingested something harmful then please call us immediately.
Carved pumpkins are certainly festive, but take care when adding candles as pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire, with curious kittens running the risk of getting burned or singed by naked flames.
Finally when repeatedly opening the door for trick-or-treaters, please take care that your cat or dog doesn’t run away scared!