KUSA - Many pet owners just can't resist dressing up their furry friends in costume for Halloween.
According to the National Retail Federation, 15 percent of Americans plan to deck out their dogs and will spend nearly $300 million on costumes for pets this year.
Pet lifestyle expert Eileen Proctor was in the 9NEWS studio Saturday morning to discuss safe ways to dress up your pet and enjoy the holiday.
To make sure animals are safe and comfortable in their costumes:
• Avoid masks that cover the face and ears
• Remember mobility/freedom of motion is essential
• Costumed pets should be supervised at all times
• Help pets ease into dressing up by practicing a few days before Halloween
If your pet looks miserable, they probably are. Try opting for a festive bandana instead.
Make sure to keep all candy away from pets. Candies and chocolate can be harmful, even deadly, to dogs. Wrappers, especially aluminum, must also be kept hidden as dogs could choke or eat them.
Just because a pet can't enjoy Halloween candy doesn't mean they have to miss out on a festive treat.
"Try getting them some special treats with pumpkin in them," Proctor said. Pumpkin has antioxidants and can help ease a dog's desire for 'people food.'
A free pet safety seminar will be held at Villa La PAWS in Castle Rock on Oct. 8. For more information, call 303-660-5691.
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