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Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety

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Gayle Anderson continues her HALLOWEEN WEEK series of reports at the PetSmart Everyday Pet Adoption Center, where we can  pick up a pet costume, special treats and adoption a pet for Halloween.

PetSmart also offers the following pet costume tips to ensure that your pet has a happy and safe Halloween (courtesy Humane Society of the United States):

Tip # 1

Your pets should always have identification and registration tags on their collars. This simple rule is even more important during this time of year when they will be exposed to many opportunities for escape. Think about how many times you open your door on Halloween night!

Tip # 2

If your dog or cat doesn’t want to wear a costume, don’t force the issue. Try getting them comfortable with the costume first. Start early and depending on the intricacy of the disguise, start dressing them slowly and in pieces to gauge their reaction.

Tip # 3

A costume should never confine, constrain or aggravate your pet. Anything that makes them uncomfortable can stress them out and make them unhappy.

Tip # 4

Once the costume is on and fitted properly, make sure there isn’t anything that could be a trip or burn hazard like a cape or long flowing hair.

Tip # 5

Check the costume for little parts within biting or chewing distance. Remember, they’ll chew on anything they find remotely interesting, especially if they are in a nervous state.

Tip # 6

Look closely at the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and throat of your dog or cat once they are dressed. If you need to, make physical adjustments to the costume including cutting eye and ear holes or removing whole portions of the costume to increase their ability to see, hear and breathe.

Halloween Week – Popular Pet Costumes, Halloween Pet Safety Tips, and Pet Adoptions

Everyday Adoption Center
PetSmart Pico Rivera #2280
8852 Washington Boulevard
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 566-4029


If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at