Dangerous pet costumes: Make sure costumes fit properly and are comfortable, don't have pieces that can easily be chewed off, and don't interfere with your pet's sight, hearing, breathing, opening its mouth, or moving. Get your pet accustomed to the costume before Halloween, and never leave your pet unsupervised while he/she is wearing a costume.

Decorations and fire hazards: Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of reach of pets; darting dogs and happy cat tails may accidentally knock them over starting a fire. Streamers and ribbons are frequently ingested and may cause intestinal obstruction which may require surgery to remove.

Noise and strangers: If your pet is wary of strangers or has a tendency to bite, put them in another room during trick-or-treating hours. Sudden noises and strange-looking costumes can also spook your pet, causing them to run away.

Toxic candy: Pets have an excellent sense of smell so keep countertops clear of candy and a lid firmly locked onto the garbage can to prevent them from eating wrappers. Most candy can be harmful to pets, and toxic especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol. They may also become choking hazards and cause painful obstructions that may require surgery to remove.

Lost pets: Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case they escape through an open door while you're distracted with trick-or-treaters. We perform quick, easy Home Again microchipping at Met Vet by appointment, call to schedule your tech appointment (253)274-0791.

Emergency care: Don't wait to have your pet treated in the case of an emergency. Call the 24/7 Animal Emergency Clinic in Tacoma at (253)274-0791 and program this number into your cell phone now for easy access.