Pet-Proof Your Home
Halloween decorations that we find appealing can be toxic or hazardous to animals. If you plan on purchasing candles, for example, think ahead about where you’ll place them. Remember that cats can jump onto counters and other high places.
“Keep lit candles far from wagging tails and curious noses and whiskers. Your pets can burn themselves or knock over a candle, creating a fire hazard. Some pets may even try to eat a candle after the flame has gone out, which could make them very ill,” says Dr. Zabell.
Also keep glow sticks off your shopping list, or place them where pets can’t reach them. “We frequently get calls around Halloween about pets puncturing glow sticks. While many of them are relatively non-toxic, they have an extremely bitter taste and can cause pets to have a taste reaction, including drooling and racing around the home,” says Dr. Wismer.
Most popular Halloween plants, such as pumpkins and decorative corn, are relatively nontoxic to animals, but could still cause stomach upset, she says.
Speak to your vet or behaviorist for other holiday safety tips. Fiendish recommends asking your vet if prescription pet behavior and anxiety medications that can help keep your pet calm for the day would be a good fit.
“If you’d rather try a holistic approach, options such as the calming body wraps, pheromone products, and over-the-counter anti-anxiety supplements may be useful,” says Fiendish. Be sure to test them out before Halloween arrives to determine which works best for your pet.