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Not so long ago that dress up your pet was a practice reserved for the rich and famous, as Paris Hilton or the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump. But this is hardly the case these days.

Pet owners strive everywhere to get some adorable pictures of their animals. And with the increase in the number of four-legged social media stars, a growing number of pet parents are seeking to compete in the big leagues, with cupboards filled with pet clothes, costumes and accessories. We are not just talking about Halloween. Now more than ever, pets dress up on the base. In 2017, a staggering $ 15.11 billionup $ 14.71 billion in 2016 – were spent on clothing, collars and pet leashes.

But while we, humans, have fun dressing our pets in glamorous and hilarious sessions, is this done at the expense of our beloved dogs and cats?

Ten years ago, the UK's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) warned against forcing domestic animals to wear clothing. "We are concerned that any pet is considered a fashion accessory," said a spokesperson for the RSPCA. m said at the time. "It's pretty humbling and sends the wrong message about pet care."

But the times have certainly changed. according to Dr. Danielle Bernal, a veterinarian with Natural foods for pets, Whether the clothing of a pet is dangerous or not, everything depends on the animal.

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"You know your pet better than anyone else, so if you think that they would seem stressed or uncomfortable by wearing something on your head, paws or abdominal section, reconsider putting them on." A costume, "says Bernal.

"Some dogs and cats, on the other hand, love to dress and show visible signs of happiness, such as smiles, swirls, purring," she says. If you have noticed these signs when you put your new furry friend in new failures, it is then perfectly wise to dress them to perfection.

Even if your pet loves to wear clothes, Dr. Bernal warns you that you must always be sure that the items are snug, so as not to "restrict their movement or breathing." In addition, it is important to monitor your pet in costume for fear of eating the outfit and "ingesting harmful materials or choking hazards."

In the end, dogs and cats prefer to be naked (so to speak), but if your pet apparently has no objection to wearing the occasional sweater or tutu, there is no harm in dressing them up. "If you stay safe and your pet is happy, you should not have a problem getting him dressed from time to time." And if you want to see more animals all dressed up, check out these 40 animals that live the good life.

ASSOCIATED VIDEO: More than 31 million people plan to dress a pet for Halloween (via CBS Philly)