Halloween is for dogs (and cats)

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Before you buy a costume for a mascot, take a look at the top 10 costumes for pets, according to the National Association of Retailers:

1. Pumpkin
2. Hot dog
3. Superhero / Cat
4. Bumblebee
5. Ghost

6. Bat
7. Lion
8. Dog / Witch
9. Devil / Pirate
10. Batman

Source: National Retail Foundation

Camp Bow Wow, a dog daycare provider with 160 locations in North America, put together the list of ways that caregivers can keep their furry friends safe. When it comes to costume safety, they said it’s important to pay attention to pet cues. The Animal Humane Society (AHS) of Minnesota agrees that pet owners should let their pets take the lead in this case.

See some recommendations below:

  • Pets shouldn’t be forced to wear that cute pumpkin costume (or any costume): “For some animals, wearing a costume is downright miserable. Dress your pet only if you are sure that she is comfortable and not stressed while wearing her outfit. If your pet isn’t having fun, neither will you, ”AHS said.
  • Choose practical and comfortable styles: “Costumes should not restrict your pet’s movement, hearing, or vision, or hinder its ability to breathe, bark, or meow. Before your pet participates in any Halloween activities, take a closer look at his costume and make sure there are no small, dangling, or easy-to-chew pieces, ”said Camp Bow Wow. They also said that it is important to take into account the temperature. If a costume is too heavy, the pet could overheat. Costumes should be made of non-toxic materials and free of chunks that can be bitten, AHS said. They also said to limit the use of masks or shoes.
  • Help pets get comfortable in their costumes: Try it out and let the pets inspect the costumes before Halloween. “Get your animal used to the costume before the big day! Offer tons of treats while your pet wears the costume to ‘practice’ and associate the costume with positive experiences, ”said AHS. “Let your cat or dog sniff the costume first and pet him with the costume so he can smell them.”

Costumes aren’t the only thing that can be dangerous for pets during the Halloween season. Candy should be stored in a place inaccessible to pets, especially chocolate, because it is toxic to both dogs and cats, Camp Bow Wow said.

Care must also be taken when placing decorations. “A real pumpkin Jack-o-lantern, complete with a lit candle inside, may look amazing, but it is a serious fire hazard if your pet or even a child bumps into it,” said Camp Bow Wow. “While small pumpkins and gourds are considered relatively non-toxic, they can cause an upset stomach if a curious pet chews on them.”

Have a pet that gets upset when dealers ring the bell or come to the door? Camp Bow Wow and AHS said putting them in a separate room will make things easier for both pets and pet parents.

“If your pet is naturally shy or fearful, now is not the time to try to turn her into a social butterfly,” AHS said. Plan to lock them in a safe and quiet room, as far away from the commotion as possible. Put on a radio, TV, or white noise machine to muffle the noises. “

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