Halloween For Pets – Be Safe

SEAACA Provides Fun and Helpful Tips to Help You Adorn Your Pet in the Finest Costumes and Couture for the Holiday Season

From Hallowween through New Year’s Day, the fall and winter holidays provide ample excuses for everyone to dress up in their favorite costumes and attire, and the same holds true for beloved pets. In the fervor of the holidays, however, it can be easy for pet owners to put their animals in uncomfortable or unsafe outfits, sometimes for the sake of a great picture opportunity. For these situations, SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority;www.seaaca.org) has created a list of tips to help pet owners dress up their loved ones in eye-catching garments while still looking out for the animal’s welfare.

- Keep it safe. Make sure outfits do not constrict breathing airways, vision, smell, or other critical functions. Pets rely on their senses to evaluate their world; if a costume cuts off their ability to detect what’s around them, it could be very frightening for an unaware animal.

- Forget the couture, remember the comfort. High fashion might be important to some pet owners, but most pets care about comfort first. Make sure outfits and costumes are loose, breathable, and made from gentle materials. Clothes that are too tight, abrasive, or generally uncomfortable can be very irritating to your pet.

- Are they in the mood? Just like people, animals have specific temperaments. If your pet is antisocial or cranky, putting them in that cute Halloween costume just might push them over the edge and make them aggressive.

- Beware of zippers and pins. Zippers, pins, and other clothing elements can get caught in a pet’s skin or fur, resulting in significant pain. Also, some pieces of clothing can be tempting for a pet to chew on, thus creating a possible choking hazard. Make sure your animal’s outfit is safe from these potentially harmful items.

- Get pet-specific clothing. Many stores and manufacturers offer clothing that is designed specifically for dogs, cats, and other pets. These items tend to be safer and may not include elements that could be harmful or irritating to your animal.

It’s the holidays, and most everyone wants to dress up and have fun noted SEAACA Executive Director, Dan Morrison. Pet owners should consider the animals’ welfare first and safety and comfort issues when they decide to include their pets in their holiday activities, he added.

For more information about SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org.

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