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The hazards of Halloween costumes for pets

Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 14:57:33-04

With temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s Halloween night, it’s going to be humid for trick or treaters. But what about our four-legged friends who don’t get a choice if they want to wear a costume or not?

Pets may look cute dressed up but that doesn’t mean they’re safe.

“Nobody wants their Halloween ruined by a trip to the ER for something that can be avoided,” said veterinarian Kristi Tipton with MVS Pet Care.

Tipton said costumes that are heavy in material and contain a hood should only be used for a quick photo opportunity, maybe five minutes, and that’s it.

“They were overheating, the hoods falling over their faces, could cause a hazard and they were just a little bit stressed out,” said Tipton.

Tipton said your pets will show signs when a costume is making them uncomfortable.

So, they may bite at the costume, sort of spin in circles trying to get it off of them, they may wine or whimper, panting excessively,” said Tipton.

Owners also need to be weary of costumes with small pieces that could pose a choking hazard.

Tipton advised something simple, light weight and away from their face is best.