The Real Cost of Humiliating Pets on Halloween

By Carla Fried - 2013-10-22T22:12:30Z

Photograph by Natasha Japp/Getty Images

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Strangers in the Night = Stress

A front door constantly opening for trick-or-treaters ups the odds a pet can make a run for it — setting off an array of potential dangerous and costly mishaps. Even pets that stay indoors are at risk, says Dr. Gonsky: “Dogs are used to protecting their home when someone comes to the door. Imagine the stress when the door opens and there is someone in a costume or mask.” 

Phil Blizzard, founder of ThunderShirts (starting at $40) says sales rise about 10 percent to 20 percent around Halloween. That compares to the 30 percent spike ahead of July 4. The snug-fitting “shirt” applies gentle pressure, which ThunderShirt says has a calming effect on 80 percent of dogs.

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