The ASPCA does offer a list of guidelines that you should follow if you decide to dress your pet for the holidays:
Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his or her movement, hearing or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes well in advance and if your furry friend seems distressed, please switch back to the classic birthday suit.
Examine your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that she could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification on underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, tags or a microchip can be a lifesaver.
I would also add to those guidelines that the length of time the pet is costumed should be minimal and that pets will inevitably feel safer wearing a costume in their own home or familiar place than they will in an unfamiliar place.
A festive alternative to actual clothing, wigs, wings etc, consider taking your pet to the groomer and having a special haircut and/or dye job. Your pet could be transformed like Charles the Monarch and not even know it. Click here to see a zebra-dog, a panda-chow, a tiger-lab and a peacock-poddle.
Below are photos of some of the costumes people have chosen for their pets. Do not miss the expressions on each animal’s face. What do you think they are thinking or feeling? And finally, what is your opinion about dressing our furry companion animals up for the holidays?
Irritated? Displeased? Bemused? About to shred the human hands that put this on?
Feeling hip? Naughty? Tough? Hot to trot?
Bored? Deeply displeased? Or just warmer?
Confused? Intrigued? Or couldn’t care less?
Bewitched? Bewildered? Befuddled?