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Posted on 10-31-2013

We all love Halloween; dressing up and seeing our pets in cute costumes, but Halloween is actually a very risky time for pets with all of that candy floating around. Animal poisoning is a common pet emergency, and every year our Austin animal hospital sees a number of cases of pets who managed to get into the candy. Animal poisoning like this can be extremely painful, messy, expensive and even dangerous, so we would like to share some things you need to know to prevent it.

What Can Turn Toxic for Your Dog?

Most people understand that chocolate leads to animal poisoning. Dark chocolate is more toxic to pets than milk chocolate, but any candy will still upset your pet’s tummy. Signs of chocolate poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, shaking, heart palpitations—even seizures and potentially death. If you think your pet has ingested any candy or chocolate, come to our Austin animal hospital right away.
Chocolate is just one of many Halloween candy dangers. Candy or baked goods labeled “sugar free” or “no added sugar” may actually contain Xylitol, which is a sweetener that is also very toxic to pets. It can cause a sudden, dangerous drop in blood sugar and cause liver damage that can be deadly.
Also, poisoning is not the only danger when you mix pets and Halloween candy: the wrappers, sticks and bags it comes in can cause choking and potentially-deadly intestinal blockages! If you suspect a situation like this, contact our Austin animal hospital immediately.

The best thing you can do for your pet during Halloween is keep all of the candy and sweets totally out of reach. They are not good for your pet in any way. During trick or treat time, keep your pet in his or her kennel or in a safe, candy-free room where he or she will not be stressed out by all of the trick-or-treating newcomers to your door. If your pet happens to sniff their way into your candy stash be sure to call our Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin or your local emergency vet clinic right away.

What are some of the ways you make Halloween safe, but fun for your pets?

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