Stay Safe For National Dress Up Your Pet Day
National Dress Up Your Pet Day is a fun event held every year in January.
This year, the event falls on January 14, 2016, and thousands of pet owners across the country will dress up their pets in costumes and proudly share their photos with others or attend dress up events in various locations. However, each year there are also animals who are injured or sickened by inappropriate or dangerous costumes. At Crossroads Animal Emergency, we have come up with some tips to help you choose the right costume for your pet if you participate in National Dress Up Your Pet Day.
- Keep important identification on your pet. Your pet’s collar and important tags should never be removed due to its costume. If your pet gets away and is lost, this may be the fastest way for someone to identify it and return it to you.
- Costumes must fit properly. Your pet should be able to move comfortably so it can eat, sleep, play and go to the bathroom without problem. Any costume that binds or limits your pet’s movement should not be used.
- Costumes must allow for ventilation. Some materials can cause your pet to overheat; this can become a serious health hazard quickly. Be sure your pet’s costume breathes so that there is no danger of overheating.
- Costumes should not obstruct necessary functions. Your pet should be able to easily eat, breath and hear in its costume.
- Costumes should not irritate. Whether your pet has fur or feathers, costumes should never irritate or cause a rash.
- Costumes should not have small parts. Little bells, bows or other embellishments may be cute, but they can also become a choking hazard. Find costumes with smooth lines that do not include tiny details.
- Animals should not be left alone in costume. It only takes a minute for a pet to choke or become injured while wearing a costume.
- Supervise animals at all times.
- Animals should be treated humanely. If you know your dog or cat hates dressing up, choose another way to have fun. Costumes should be removed immediately if an animal shows signs of anxiety, such as panting, scratching, standing perfectly still, barking, growling or hiding.
The experts at Crossroads Animal Emergency encourage you to have fun with your pet but to observe basic safety rules.