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How to have a protected and enjoyable Halloween together with your canine—and children, too.

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For many, Howl’oween is the preferred occasion on the pet calendar. Going trick-or-treating is an excellent solution to have some household enjoyable and spend good high quality doggie time collectively. But let’s get actual; it’s not concerning the tips, it’s all concerning the treats.

During the festivities, it’s important that you just control all of the treats—each coming and going— to forestall your pets from consuming something that might probably make them sick. You additionally want to make sure your pets can’t entry the youngsters’ deal with stash when nobody is trying. (Chocolate is poisonous for canine and sweet is as unhealthy for canine enamel as it’s for people.

Fortunately to your canine companions, most doggy bakeries go to city for Howl’oween, making biscuits in all types of appropriately festive shapes—witches, bats and ghosts. It can also be very easy to make your personal. You may even flip the baking right into a enjoyable pre-Halloween household occasion. No doubt your canine will likely be solely too glad to be available to style take a look at.

Author/chef Cheryl Gianfrancesco has a brand new e-book referred to as “Doggy Desserts” (CompanionHouse Books) and it options some enjoyable recipes that your canine and neighborhood pooches will take pleasure in. Below are two of them.

Trick-or-Treating Safety

Children ought to by no means be in command of the canine throughout their neighborhood outings; there are far too many distractions. Holding a flashlight and a sweet bag might be all they will deal with. Instead, make certain your canine is on a robust leash with an grownup on the opposite finish. You also needs to watch out about letting your canine go as much as a entrance door in case the resident pooch isn’t amenable to visiting canines.

In addition, do not forget that not each canine will like to decorate up in full costume, a few of which may be actually stifling. A enjoyable bandana or a glow-in-the-dark collar and leash are good options for canine who don’t like sporting a getup however take pleasure in moving into the spirit of the event.

Lastly, make sure you take loads of water alongside to your canine to lap up in route and double verify that he’s sporting ID.

About the Author: Sandy Robins is the 2013 winner of the “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contribution to the Pet Industry Award.” Her work seems on lots of the nation’s main pet platforms, equivalent to, and She is a daily contributor and columnist in a number of nationwide and worldwide publications, together with Catster, in addition to the creator of the award-winning books “Fabulous Felines: Health and Beauty Secrets for the Pampered Cat” and “For The Love of Cats.” Learn extra about Sandy on her web site or Facebook web page. #welovecats

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