A dog is for life, not just for Christmas. But what if you want to put your dog in a costume for Christmas? For many pet owners, Christmas turkey costumes and dog Christmas jumpers are an extremely cute addition to their favourite canines.
However, one size doesn’t fit all and some pets will not be happy about being dressed up. It is vital that care is taken when considering if a pet costume is right for any animal.
Irish animal charity, ISPCA, has released a statement in relation to dressing up your pets over the festive period. Carmel Murray from the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) said “Not all pets will tolerate wearing costumes, and it may cause them undue stress. Only dress up your pet for Christmas if you know they enjoy it.”
However, if your pet does enjoy pet costumes then Murray gave advice on how to put your pet in a pet costume safely.
“If you put your pet in a costume, make sure it does not limit the animal’s movement, vision, ability to breathe or behave normally. Ensure the costume doesn’t have any small, chewable pieces or toxic paints or dyes.”
This follows advice on pet Halloween costumes by Battersea Dogs Home who this year issued similar advice in October.
Nathalie Ingham, Canine Behaviour and Training Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said “Dogs can get stressed by lots of things at Halloween. Dressing your dog up in extravagant costumes could make them feel uncomfortable and trick-or-treaters constantly at your door could cause them to feel anxious. Thankfully there’s plenty of tips you can follow to keep your dog safe and calm this Halloween. Although it may be tempting to dress your dog up in a costume, we would recommend that you avoid doing so. Wearing an outfit when they’re not used to it can make your pet very anxious.”
Image: Rubies Snowman Pet Costume