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Happy Halloween! Dogs love to dress up in costumes for Halloween and we love seeing how cute they look. For those of us with a disabled dog, choosing a costume can be tricky. To help, I’ve done some research and put together this Halloween Costume Gift Guide for Dogs in Wheelchairs. I hope you find it helpful.
My first suggestion is that you stay away from costumes that fit on top of your dog’s back. These can cause havoc and get tangled if your pup’s cart uses straps. In addition, a costume that presses on your dog’s back can add excess weight they don’t need on a weak spine.
I also recommend that you stick to costumes that leave your dog’s front limbs open and free. The restriction of a costume that covers the front legs can make it hard for a disabled pup to walk in their wheelchair.
Two schools of thought about costume design
In my opinion, there are two basic philosophies when it comes to the best Halloween costumes for dogs in wheelchairs. The first is to purchase or make a DIY costume that fits over your dog’s cart. The second idea is to find a costume that lets you to see the design without having it tucked inside the wheelchair.
Not sure what I mean? My gift guide will show the way.
Costumes that fit over a dog wheelchair
Here is an example of a DIY costume that fits over a wheelchair. Oscar was the winner of our Halloween costume contest last year. Krysten, who is his genius pet mom, designed a cute-as-can-be police patty wagon that fit perfectly on top of Oscar’s cart.
I like this costume because it is made of cardboard which did not put extra weight on any part of Oscar’s spine. I also like how the costume is held in place with simple shoelaces.
If you are thinking about making a DIY costume like this one here are a few other ideas:
- You could design a cardboard train.
- Use a lightweight basket to make an Old West wagon. (See Panzer’s wagon above)
- You could turn your dog’s wheelchair into a sport car.
- Design your dog’s cart into a motorboat.
Rock Star Tour Bus – If making a DIY costume isn’t right for you, this cute costume road dog bus with flares from Brett Michaels could be the answer. Be sure to order a size that will cover the your dog’s cart. This Rock Star Tour Bus costs $15.16 plus shipping.
Costumes that won’t obstruct a paralyzed dog’s ability to move about
Lion Mane – I love this lion mane costume from Animal Planet because it makes a big statement while only covering your dog’s face. It leaves your dog’s front legs able to maneuver the wheelchair. The Lion Mane runs $7.99 – $41.35 depending on the size, plus shipping.
Wig and Tie – Politically correct or not, this comb-over wig and stars and stripes tie are the perfect way for a paralyzed dog get into the Halloween spirit. The Wig and Tie cost $13.95 plus shipping.
Blonde Cheerleader Wig – Your female pup will be ready for any Halloween party with this blonde wig from Rubies Costume Company. The company also makes hats and wigs that will turn your dog into an aviator, a cowboy, and even Yoda from Star Wars. Check out the little aviator below. The Blonde Cheerleader Wig runs $6.84 plus shipping.
Grizzly Bear – Here is a warm and cozy Grizzly Bear headpiece for the rough and tough dog in your house. The knit hat is made by Zoo Snood and runs from $14.99 to $24.99 depending on the size.
Crayola Crayon – Here is one last costume idea. Turn your dog into a Crayola Crayon. There are lots of colors to choose from. While this costume surrounds your dog’s body, it leaves the front limbs free to move and it won’t obstruct any straps or harness on the wheelchair.
What costume will your dog be wearing this Halloween? Add your picture to the comment section. I’d love to add it to the Halloween Costume Guide for 2018.