BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Every year, consumer experts claim Americans spend millions of dollars on Halloween costumes for their pets, but the season can be more trick than treat when it comes to safety.

Elizabeth Bradley, a pet health expert with Spot Pet Insurance, the fastest-growing pet insurance company in North America, said it’s important to make sure their costumes are safe.

Costumes should not constrict the animal’s movement, hearing, or sight or impede their ability to breathe, bark, or meow. Avoid small, dangling, or easily chewed-off pieces that animals could choke on. It is helpful to try on costumes before Halloween, and if your pet seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, don’t force them to wear the costume.

Also, do not feed your pet candy. Chocolate in all forms, especially dark and baking chocolate, can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Instead, give your pooch their own Halloween candy by treating them to their favorite doggy snack. If you suspect that your pet has ingested something toxic, call your veterinarian or your local poison control center immediately.