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East Texans share tips for pet costume safety this Halloween

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Halloween is just around the corner and a lot of you may be dressing up your furry, four-legged friend, too. Pet costumes are always a big seller this time of year, but there are some things you need to watch out for to ensure your pet's safety.

Darwin the Rottweiler anxiously agreed to try on a few of this year's costumes for us at Petsmart.

"There is a lobster this year which I think is kind of humorous." said Darwin's owner and trainer, Judy Gregg.

She says it helps to get your pets accustomed to costumes ahead of time. Also, make sure they are rewarded for the sometimes painful experience.

"He's sulking right now about his costume," said Gregg.

Pets are part of the family and some people go to great lengths to make sure they're "the king" of a contest... Or bewitching guests with their cuteness.

Just watch out for things like stray strings or buckles that could be choking hazards.

"Because they can chew those things off, and if you're not paying attention, they'll have it off before you know it," said Gregg.

Saundra Barron dresses up her Cocker Spaniel, Buddy, every October.

"He's 13 years old," said Barron. "He has to look cute every Halloween."

This year is no exception. Buddy will trick or treat as a spider.

"Instead of four legs you have eight," said Barron.

Even cats can get in the Halloween spirit. One kitten at Petland looked bad to the bone with a Harley's get-up.

Just remember, you do not want to end up with a mess so consider that when selecting a costume.

"They should be kind of cut-in right here to where they can go to potty," said Gregg. "There are costumes that cover the whole hind quarter so when you have those, make sure you let your dog go to potty before you put it on."

This Halloween, don't forget about uploading your pictures to TheLoop to share them with all of East Texas.

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