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Safety tips on dressing pets up for Halloween

Safety tips on dressing pets up for Halloween
Safety tips on dressing pets up for Halloween
Posted at 4:47 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 16:47:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Half a billion dollars, that's how much pet owners will spend in Florida and the rest of the country this year on Halloween costumes for their four legged friends. 

With the all festivities on the spookiest day of the year, whether it be costume or trick or treating, safety is always a concern. 

Pet costumes can be as dangerous as they are cute, that's why experts are warning pet owners to do the following. 

Make sure your pet actually enjoys being dressed up. Forcing your fur baby to parade around in an outrageous outfit, when they don't want to, can cause stress and anxiety.

Also, be aware of small buttons or other attachments on costumes that can be choking hazards. 

"Make sure that it is not constrained in any way and that they can move around freely and also that there is no choking hazard," said Lisa Blunt, Executive Director of the Leon County Humane Society. "A lot of the hats and front of the costumes will have ties attached to them so just be very careful of those things." 

And don't feed your pet any Halloween treats. Most are toxic to pets. The four most common food-related Halloween hazards are chocolate, candy, raisins, and candy wrappers.