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Pet parents have responsibilities at Halloween
by Landess Witmer PetFolio Publisher
Oct 12, 2011 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett
Courtesy Illustration/Turi Everett

RENO — Halloween is the perfect time to be someone else, and to make your friends and family smile. In fact, about 15 percent of you are buying costumes for your pets.  And, as a totally devoted pet owner, you’ll have your pet join in on all the cooky, spooky Growl-o-ween fun.

Allowing your pet to don a costume for the festivities makes for great photos and memories. But, be sure to keep these important costume dos and don’ts in mind to keep your pet healthy, safe, and comfortable for Howl-o-ween:

See No Evil

Pick a pet costume that allows your pet to see and breathe easily. You never want to interfere with a pet’s vision, hearing or breathing. Therefore, never buy an animal costume that requires a mask.

Don’t Get All

Choked Up

The neckline of your pet’s costume should not be tight or restrictive. The costume is too tight for your animal if you notice your pet chewing, pawing or showing any other signs of discomfort.

Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot

Only use lightweight fabric when making or buying your animal’s costume. You don’t want your faithful furry friend to become overheated or uncomfortable.

Beware of Hazards

Look out for all types of choking hazards such as beads, small objects or loose dangling accessories. Don’t place any such objects on your pet’s outfit.  These could be chewed off and swallowed, or simply fall off and be eaten, either of which presents choking hazards for your animal.

Dress for Success

Plan to have a dress rehearsal before Halloween to be sure your pet looks good and feels great, too.  And, it’s a great opportunity to take your photos ahead of time.

Courtesy of PetFolio Magazine, “A World Unleashed.” PetFolio can be found free at Scolari’s, Smith’s and select Reno News & Review stands. For more information, visit
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