Less than a week after Halloween, many pet owners have already purchased their animal costumes. While these outfits can be fun and festive, the wrong equipment can be harmful to your animals.
Although clothing is an interesting way to interact with pets, Dr. Mark Stickney, clinical associate professor and general surgical services director at the College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, emphasized the importance of monitoring pets in clothing.
Stekney said: “Cute little costumes are very interesting. You can wear them to your animals when you are quailing, but when you don’t look at animals, be sure to take them off.”
He also explained that this also applies to sweaters, jackets or any other pet clothing. Although it seems that pets need clothes to keep warm, if animals are not monitored, they may do more harm than good.
“It’s very likely that your animals don’t need to wear clothes to keep warm, even in the winter,” Stuckney said. “If you have a pet at home that can only go outside for 15 to 20 minutes to go to the bathroom, then no clothes will be better.”
Another thing that Stickney suggests avoiding in pet clothing is fabrics, bells or other small objects that animals can chew and swallow. These things can cause pets to suffocate and can cause intestinal blockage.
“Ribbons and bows are especially dangerous for cats,” adds Stickney. “These are things that cats like to play and chew, but if they swallow them they will cause so-called ‘linear foreign bodies.’ This requires urgent surgery to remove, or it can ‘see’ a hole in the intestine.”
Stickney also warned that pets are allergic to clothing materials or laundry detergents used to wash clothes. If the animal is allergic to clothing or clothing, Stickney says there may be an itchy red rash.
“The best way is to take the clothes out of the pet and retire,” Stuckney said. “There is no reason to make your pet feel pain and discomfort.”
Finally, Stickney stressed that it is very important to ensure that the clothing is properly matched. Anything that can wrap around your pet’s neck, claws or legs can cause them to panic or hurt themselves.
“This is especially common in small or puppies, as many garments may not be able to use them properly due to their size,” says Stickney. “The best way to choose pet clothing or clothing is to buy them at the pet store. You can carry them with you and try them on. So you can be sure that it is not only suitable for it, but it also looks as cute as you wish.”