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Dorothy Dog
Credit: istolethetv on flickr / Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

This week, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) posted Should Your Pet Wear a Costume? Which Halloween Treats are Off-Limits? Read Our Safety Tips and I compared it to my article (from last year) Important Halloween Safety Tips from Veterinarians.

Cat in a Pirate HatJennifer C. on flickr / CC-by-2.0While I didn't find out about any new dangers this year, I was reminded that it's important to have tags on your pet with proper identification and pets should also be microchipped (even if they are indoor pets).

The first article I wrote on Paw Mane Fin went into detail about how my apartment was broken into (and I almost lost my two cats).

A couple of days ago, The Star's Francine Kopun published Halloween costumes for pets become big business and I suppose I wasn't surprised. It appears that daytime dog walking events before Halloween night are becoming popular.

Kopun's article made reference to the annual Spooktacular Dog Walk where people can come out in costume with their doggie(s). What's more, Global Pet Foods offered discounts for participating pets and Treats Happen provided some tasty dog snacks. And there even was a prize awarded for "best costume."

Batman Most Popular According to PetSmart

Wonder Woman is 5th Most Popular at Rubie’s Costume Company

Batman and Wonder Woman
Credit: Mike McCune on flickr / CC-by-2.0

In Four Years, Pet Costume Sales Have Doubled in Canada

And About 20 Million Americans Will Dress Up Their Pet

In Kopun's piece, the executive vice-president of Rubie’s Costume Company, Howard Beige, shared what the top five pet costumes in Canada are this year:

1) Minions

2) Any Star Wars Character

3) Ironman

4) Captain America

5) Wonder Woman

According to PetSmart, the most popular costume this year is Batman.

Up next is a short 1:15 second video by Island Animal Hospital that summarizes the safety tips for Halloween.

Halloween Pet Safety Reminders From IAH Vets

Published on October 6th, 2015

10 Awesome Pet Costumes I Found on Flickr

All are Licensed Under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Red Barron
Credit: istolethetv on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Check Out Dracula Dog

mar 2008
Credit: Istolethetv on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Or What About iPhone Dog?

Slide to Unlock
Credit: Istolethetv / CC-by-2.0

Perfect For a Chocolate Lab

Lincoln Park, Washington, DC Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

Chocolate Lab
Credit: Mike Licht on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Norma Jeane 2014 Halloween Howl Dog Costume Contest

Carl Schurz Park, Yorkville, Manhattan, New York City by Istolethetv

Norma Jeane
Credit: Istolethetv on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Dynamutt!

Sooo Cute When He Wags His Tail

Dynamutt
Credit: Istolethetv on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Baseball Playin' Dawg

Shades
Credit: Istolethetv on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Big Yellow Taxi

Taxi!
Credit: bettyx1138 on flickr / CC-by-2.0

A Colorful Fish-Dog

A Colorful Fish
Credit: bettyx1138 on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Lastly, Cats in Costume (For a Few Seconds)

Remember to Always Supervise a Pet in a Costume

WILL YOU PLEASE JUST STAY IN YOUR COSTUME
Credit: Rikki's Refuge on flickr / CC-by-2.0

Credit For Most of the Photos

I found an amazing variety of Creative Commons licensed images all taken by Istolethetv on flickr. Some of the photo descriptions included this invitation:  

If you like this picture, check out my other pictures of Dogs in Costumes

Thank you so much for the smiles Istolethetv. Happy Halloween!

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