Dress up Your Pet

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.

Keep jack-o-lanterns that are lit with candles away from all pets.

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.

As for those costumes, make sure they fit properly, that your pet can breathe and that movement isn’t impaired. Avoid costumes that have small pieces and can be choked on.










About The Author

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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