Halloween is a fun and exciting time of year, so much so that we often want to include our furry family members in the festivities. However, It is important to remember that certain foods that people consume are highly toxic to dogs and cats. Below is a list of tips to ensure that your pet enjoys Halloween as much as you do!
- Many people love to dress up and want to share this experience with their pet. It is important to remember that not all pets enjoy being dressed up. Some costumes can cause discomfort and may cause your pet to become unnecessarily stressed.
- What to watch for: Make sure the costume does not impair your pet’s vision, movement or intake of air. Assess your pet’s response to the costume and if he/she exhibits signs of distress promptly remove the costume.
- Chocolate is highly toxic! Chocolate contains methyxanthines, chemicals that can be fatal. In general, the darker the chocolate the more toxic it is.
- What to watch for: If your pet has ingested chocolate call your vet immediately. Symptoms include GI upset in mild cases (vomiting/diarrhea) to abnormal heartbeats and seizures in severe cases.
- Ingestion of a large amount of sugary, high fat candy can lead to pancreatitis or gastroenteritis. This often requires hospitalization and treatment with intravenous fluids and other medications.
- What to watch for: Symptoms can include, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
- Pieces of gum can be a choking hazard for pets, so be careful not to leave them lying around. Additionally, sugar-free gum may contain the sugar substitute xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs. Xylitol causes dogs to produce insulin rapidly, which can lead to seizures or liver failure. The effect of xylitol on cats is unknown, but it’s best to keep them away from it to be safe.
- What to watch for: Lethargy, weakness/collapse, seizures, vomiting and not eating.
- Candy Wrappers
- Very small amounts of grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats.
- What to watch for: Vomiting, not eating and lethargy.
- Glow Sticks
- Both cats and dogs are attracted to these toys and will chew them causing the harmful chemicals to leak out.
- What to watch for: Drooling, foaming at the mouth, vomiting and lethargy.
Have a safe and spooky Halloween from all the Doctors and Staff at The Interior Pet Health Group!
(Fairfield Animal Hospital, Central Valley Vet Hospital & Westbank Animal Care Hospital)