Choosing a Halloween costume for an able-bodied dog is a fun project. There are so many cute selections. But it gets a little more complicated to find perfect Halloween costumes for dogs in wheelchairs. They need a design that won’t cause them to lose their balance, obstruct their vision or keep them from moving freely in their cart.
So, if you’re planning to take your disabled dog trick-or-treating this year, we’ve got adorable costumes ideas that will keep them safe as well.
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Halloween costume strategies for paralyzed dogs
Pick a costume that only goes down to your dog’s waist. Wigs are ideal because they don’t touch any of the moving parts of a dog wheelchair. Pet spray on paint is also a good choice to add a pop of color.
Eliminate any parts of a costume that dangle in front of your dog. This serape has a short front so it won’t trip your dog or cause the wheelchair to tip.
Pick a costume that’s made of a lightweight material, especially if you’re putting it directly on a dog’s back. This Jockey design is easy to carry and won’t put an extra strain on a paralyzed dog’s spine.
And if you’re crafty you can create a one-of-a-kind DIY Halloween costume. Kardi’s pet parents handcrafted this Budweiser Beer costume that fits over the dog’s cart.
Watch for our annual Halloween costume contest
On October 15 every year, Lessons From A Paralyzed Dog hosts our annual Halloween costume contest for dogs in wheelchairs. If you’re not already on our mailing list, be sure to sign up now so you’ll be notified.
Here are the rules:
There are two ways to enter the contest.
1. Send me an email with a photo of your dog in their Dog Wheelchair Halloween Costume. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Post your photo on our Facebook page. Enter it as a comment on the pinned post at the top of the page.
The winner(s) receive a yummy prize and are highlighted in our newsletter. (You must live in the contiguous United States to enter.)
If you need costume ideas, Click here to see the winners of last year’s contest.