Although they are always adorable, pet costumes are not always a safe or comfortable idea for your dog. Our Village West animal hospital came up with a few tips and tricks to ensure your dog is safe and at ease when wearing a costume:
How to Spot Signs of Stress
Playing dress up is not worth making your dog feel uncomfortable for more than the few minutes it should take for a brief photo shoot of the silliness. If you’re dressing up your dog and it’s panting more than usual, has its ears pinned back, or is pacing, then your dog is probably not feeling too comfortable in the costume you’ve provided. It’s important you realize these cues in the early stages so you have an opportunity to find a better costume before your pooch becomes aggressive and unforgiving.
How to Spot Signs of Comfort
If your dog remains calm after being dressed in the crazy costume you’ve selected, then his or her ears will be pointed semi-erect and forward. Eyes may appear soft and rounded, maybe even a bit closed. If no sign of the costume battle persists, then it’s safe to say your dog may enjoy the fancy new outfit, or at least be displaying casual indifference!
Tips to Help Your Dog Feel Comfortable
Some dogs will never approve of any costume you’ve selected, but many will tolerate a costume just fine if you keep it reasonable! Follow these guidelines when you’re dressing up your dog:
Make sure your dog can move freely and the costume is not too tight.
Never put anything on their face that could restrict breathing or injure an eye.
Keep the costume lightweight and loose for optimal comfort.
If your dog shows aggression towards any particular part of the outfit, try removing that one part to see how your dog reacts to the rest.
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.