With all the noise, crowds and excitement, Halloween can be a stressful, even scary, time for dogs. If a dog tends to gnaw on shoes or clothes when anxious, it’s best to find another way to participate in the Halloween fun, notes Proietto, and avoid a trip to the vet.
“Many pets like to chew up and ingest different fabrics. If your pet is one of these, then a costume may not be the best idea as these materials can get stuck in the stomach and intestines and require an emergency surgery to remove,” Proietto says. “Always monitor your pet when wearing a costume, as even pets who do not normally chew on things may start out of stress or anxiety.”
It’s also important to remember to monitor dogs around humans’ costumes, watching out for dangly pieces, feathers and beads, explains Proietto, as they may try to ingest these as well.