It's okay to get your dog or cat in on Halloween festivities -- just keep their safety in mind with these basic dos and don'ts to ensure a frightfully fun night for all.
You don't have to leave pups at home when you go trick-or-treating, but "be sure equipment fits your dog's size and needs," says Emily Weiss, an animal behaviorist with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Harnesses are a good choice for dogs who pull while on the leash because they minimize the risk of throat injuries, especially for smaller breeds. A regular flat-buckle collar is fine for a calm dog. A martingale-style collar -- a humane alternative to chain collars -- can't slip off and offeres extra security for an energetic dog.
If your kids receive some small toys in addition to candy, be extra cautious with them around your pets because small parts in children's playthings can pose choking hazards and cause intestinal blockage in dogs and cats.
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