Saturday, October 17, 2009

Halloween is right around the bend!

So of course there are all sorts of interesting articles to be found. This one from the LA Times showcases some adorable pugs in spectacular costumes. This pet/owner combo costume was my favorite.

If your dog is going to be dressing up this year, The ASPCA has some good safety tips.

-A costume should not constrict an animal's movement or hearing.

-It should not impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow.

-Try costumes on a pet before the big event. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behaviour, consider letting him go in his or her birthday suit or switching to a festive bandanna.

-Inspect your pet's costume and make sure it doesn't have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he or she could choke on.

-Poor-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

-To teach an animal to enjoy wearing a costume, get them used to it a little at a time, associating the fitting of the costume with the animal's favourite things, like a delicious treat. By going slowly, you can make sure your animal is happy at each stage before moving on to the next one.

-Pets should always be supervised while wearing a costume. Remove it if he or she won't have your full attention.

-A pet should always wear an identification tag. Halloween is no exception. Your pet could dash out the door when you least expect it and his tag could be his ticket home. Make sure the address and phone number on the tag are up-to-date."

Have a good weekend!


No comments:

Post a Comment