Award-Winning (or Just Smile-Worthy) Pet Costumes of 2017
You know that feeling when you look at your pet and start to well up inside because of how cute they are and how much you love them? Well, take those good feelings and imagine your pet all dressed up for Halloween!
If your love and affection just hit the roof, it may be time to consider shopping for pet costumes. The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center have done some browsing for you, and we hope you’re inspired by the potential for extreme Halloween cuteness.
Best Dressed Pets
Halloween is a wonderful time to get involved with your neighbors and other pet owners. These days, most families embrace pet costumes, so we’re sure your furry friend won’t be the only one on the block.
All the Same?
Not all pet costumes can be considered safe. When dressing up your pup or kitty, please make sure they can breathe easily and without restrictions. Also, full vision and movement are required for Halloween safety and being able to go to the bathroom is non-negotiable. Remember, while masks look cute, they’re notoriously difficult for pets to tolerate.
Other Safety Pointers
Before buying the perfect look for your pet, take a close look at the dangling or loose pieces and be aware of items that could easily be chewed off and become choking hazards.
Pet costumes should not entirely cover up the collar or ID tags. As a side note, if you’ve made any changes to your contact information (address or phone number), please update your pet’s microchip. Halloween can trigger fight or flight reactions in pets, and it’s not uncommon for pets to go missing. Reflective or light up gear is an asset if out and about on Halloween night.
If your pet displays any signs of stress, fear, or anxiety while dressed up, please give them a break. Always be sure to provide a safe space for your pet to hang out in without loud noises, food dangers, and strangers.
Adorable Pet Costumes
Once you have your Halloween pet safety tactics down, you can choose from an endless selection of commercial or DIY pet costumes. To get you started, The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center suggest:
- Lil’ Stinker
- Mariachi Musician
- Dino Dog
- Thunderstorm Lightning Cloud
- Hot Dog
- Martini (use that cone!)
- Knitted Taco
- Wonder Woman (or any superhero for that matter!)
- Antonio BANderas
- Beanie Baby
- Poop Factory
- Watch Dog
- Cookie Monster
- Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
- Pup Piñata
- Harry Potter
In spite of your best efforts, your pet may decide that a costume isn’t of interest. Luckily, they can still be festive with a bow tie or bandana. Be sure to also join us for our Mystic Market Halloween Party and Adoption Event on October 21st.
Please let us know if you have further questions or concerns about pet costumes, and be sure to send us some pictures of your pet’s great Halloween look!
We accept walk-ins during our Doctor's Hours to meet your busy lifestyle. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, we offer those too!
News & Events
The 4th Annual Mystic Market!
Join us at the 4th Annual Mystic Market: A Mystical and Magical Fundraiser with Powerful Featured Readers and Amazing Handcrafted Items for Sale! The event takes place Saturday, October 20th from 11AM - 4:30PM. Meet featured celebrity psychic reader, Theo Kostaridis! The event will host a bake sale with delicous homemade treats as well as Fall Pet Photos for $10 from 11AM - 3PM. Dress your pet in costume for the Pet Costume Contest at 12:30PM! Proceeds from the event benefit Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue & Sacred Space Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.
Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class!
Join us on Sunday, October 7th from 9AM - 12PM at our clinic for a Pet CPR & First Aid Certification Class! This class is ideal for anyone who loves animals including: animal professionals, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners alike! Taught by trained professionals, it provides each participant an overview of what to do in an emergency situation with their pet prior to getting veterinary care. For more information or to register, click HERE. Check out the Facebook Event HERE. A portion of each registration benefits our rescue partners at St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines.
Save the Date! Join Us at the Magnificent Mutts & Meows Run4Paws 5K!
Join us and rescue partners Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue for their 4th annual Run4Paws 5K & 2K Puppy Path! The event takes place Saturday, October 6th at McCollum Park (6801 Main St.) in Downers Grove with the race starting promptly at 9AM. The best part: attendees are welcome to race with their dog! Medals are awarded for males and females in each age category.
For additional information and to register, please click HERE.