The Dogs and Cats are the Best Dressed this year as Americans spend $370 million to dress up their feline and canine friends.That’s $40 million more than 2011, and a whooping 20%. At least the recession is not going to the dogs.
This year’s most popular Halloween costumes for pets are designs that have the furry friends rescuing their masters. Expect to see Bat-Dog and his boy wonder dog. Broadway will have to watch out as Spidey-Dog joins the cape-clad superhero list. Halloween accessories and night safety products for pet-friendly trick or treating are also at an all-time high. A lot of the costumes coordinate dog and child as one. Football player doggies with cheerleader humans, Little Red Riding Hood and the doggie is the Big Bad Wolf.
Remember that there are dangers for our four legged friends. Keep in mind the following:
Pranks are not so playful, especially towards black cats. Don’t leave pets outside and unattended during this period.
Artificial spiders and spiderwebs are enticing and harmful.
Halloween candy is particularly inviting to pets. Dogs and cats are very crafty and can reach countertops, tables and stovetops. Chocolate is toxic, as it contains theobromine.
Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in sugarless gums, candies and other low cal goodies, is harmful to dogs. It is absorbed rapidly into their bloodstream, where it stimulates the release of a large amount of insulin, which in turn causes extreme hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can lead to liver failure and even death.
Call your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline at (800)213-6680, if you suspect your pet has ingested a harmful substance.