Fido’s Halloween Outfit

Halloween is coming up quick! It’s always fun seeing pictures of people’s outfits at this time of year. Recently, more and more people have been including their canine pals in the fun of dressing up. This is fine, as long as you put Fido’s comfort and safety first. Read on as a local Michigan City, IN vet offers some tips on choosing your cute pet’s costume. 


First and foremost, make sure that Fido’s outfit fits him well. You may want to measure your furry friend before going shopping. You’ll need to know how tall he is at the shoulder, and what the circumferences of his neck and torso are. Store those measurements in your phone or wallet. That way, you’ll always have them with you. 


While it’s important to make sure that your canine companion’s outfit fits him well, this isn’t the only thing to consider. Never put Fido in anything flammable! Zippers are also best avoided, as they can catch in dogs’ fur. (Ouch!) Keep in mind that some pups will chew on, well, everything. This can make costumes with small parts, like buttons, a safety risk. 


Another thing to keep in mind is the length and thickness of your four-legged pal’s coat. Some pooches –especially dogs with double coats, like huskies–quickly overheat in costumes. Keep a close eye on your four-legged buddy, and look for signs that he’s getting too hot. Panting is usually the first thing you’ll notice. If you see this, immediately give Fido water and take his outfit off.


If you really want to go all-out, pick something that goes with your furry buddy’s appearance. For example, if Fido has golden fur, put a lion’s mane on him. A pooch with a black coat may make a great tarantula, while a white dog may look hilarious wearing bunny ears. 

Paws For Thought

Don’t forget to let your canine friend have his say. Some dogs won’t bat an eye when you dress them up as a cheeseburger, dinosaur, spider, or pirate. Others feel very restricted in outfits, and quickly start to panic. If Fido seems uneasy wearing clothes, don’t force him. Snap a quick picture, and then take his outfit off. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Michigan City, IN veterinary hospital, we are always here to help!

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