Don’t let the spookiest time of the year turn into an actual nightmare—keep your pet safe so you and your loved ones can have a fun and relaxing holiday! Here, a Scottsdale veterinary professional offers several Halloween safety tips.

  • Escape is one of the most common problems on trick-or-treat night. If you’re opening the door often for trick-or-treaters, you might need to secure your pet in an upstairs room so he can’t dart out. Also make sure your pet is properly identified with a microchip, ID tags, or both.
  • Watch the trick-or-treat bowl, because it’s full of potential pet hazards. Chocolate is a big no-no for animals, as is candy, gum, or baked goods sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar. Don’t let pets anywhere near these items, and store the leftovers where they can’t reach.
  • Thinking of dressing your pet up in her very own Halloween costume? Make sure she’s okay with it first. Not all pets are comfortable wearing clothing, especially if it’s too tight or extra baggy. Also check to make sure there aren’t any chewable pieces that your pet could choke on.
  • Consider your Halloween decorations. Electric items like light-up ghosts or plastic jack-o-lanterns might have electric cords and wires that a pet can get tangled in or chew. Real jack-o-lanterns with actual flames are another hazard; don’t let a pet burn themselves or knock one over.
  • Common Halloween plants like pumpkins and decorate fall corn aren’t truly toxic, but they can cause problems all the same. If a pet ingests too much of any foreign substance, upset stomach, vomiting, and diarrhea could result. Keep your pet’s paws away from these plants, especially if they’re the type to nibble on whatever’s around.
  • Heading out into the neighborhood for some trick-or-treating? It’s tempting to bring your pet along, but it may not be the safest option. In the dark, pets have a much better chance of getting lost or separated from you, and they might become anxious with all the commotion in the streets.

Your Scottsdale veterinarian can offer more helpful Halloween and trick-or-treat night hints. Call the clinic today!