"The best thing to do is to take the outfit off of the pet and retire it,” Stickney said. “There is no reason to cause your pet pain and discomfort."
Finally, Stickney stressed that it is important to make sure the outfits fit correctly. Anything that can wrap around the pets’ neck, paws, or legs can cause them to panic or injure themselves.
"This is especially common in small or young dogs as many costumes may not fit them correctly because of their size," Stickney said. "The best way to select pet costumes or clothing is to buy them at a pet store where you can take your pet with you and try the outfit on them. That way you will know for sure that it not only fits correctly but that it also looks as adorable as you hoped."
Pet Talk is a service of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University.