Finding the best Halloween costume for your pet is one of the highlights of October. But with the many different costumes out there, how can you possibly choose? When you’re thinking up costume ideas for your pet, a good place to start is with your favorite things. After all, you already love your pet, so why not make them extra loveable by dressing them up as your favorite character? Just remember: if you go trick-or-treating, keep candy away from your pet!


Top 5 Costume Ideas for Your Dog or Cat

1. Dynamic Duos

There are many famous human/animal duos, from Scooby and Shaggy to Dorothy and Toto, Elle Woods and Bruiser, Sabrina and Salem, or Garfield and Jon. Not to mention the countless double costumes like salt and pepper, or bacon and eggs. 

 2. Wild Animals 

You know your tabby cat would make the fiercest tiger, or how adorable your sweet kitten would look dressed up with a lion’s mane. Got a dog who loves to swim? A shark might be just the costume for them. 

3. Favorite Foods 

There is something deeply satisfying about seeing a Dachshund dressed up as a hotdog, or a chocolate lab dressed like a s’more. Everyone loves a taco cat, and if you have more than one, you could dress each of them up so you have a taco platter.

4. Occupations 

What does your pet do best? A cat that loves to climb would make a wonderful rock climber. A dog that loves to check on you would make a great doctor. A pet that likes to get in the middle of squabbling siblings would make a great bouncer. 

5. Iconic Characters

What do Thor and your golden retriever have in common? Why, their luxurious golden hair, of course! Dressing your pet up as an iconic character like a superhero or cartoon character could be extra fun. 


Pet Costume Safety 

Keeping your pet safe during Halloween is always a must. Before you get your pet a costume, it is important to put safety first. The Humane Society has many tips for keeping your pet’s costume safe. Here are the two most important ones: 

  • Choose a costume that your pet can move around in. Anything that restricts movement or is too tight can cause discomfort or pain. Have your pet practice wearing their costume before the big day, so you can make sure they are comfortable. 
  • Avoid costumes with any small parts that dangle. They can fall off (or be chewed off) and get swallowed, causing dangerous blockages that will need to be removed by a vet. 


Pet Care for Your Pumpkin, Ghoul, or Goblin in Gilbert, Texas

Dressed up or not, the team at East Valley Animal Hospital wants to make sure your pet is happy and healthy for many Halloweens to come. Our expert veterinarians and caring staff are here for emergencies, wellness checkups, and everything in between. Give us a call today to set up an appointment, and be sure to show us a picture of your pet in their Halloween costume when you visit!



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