Halloween and Avoiding an Unplanned Trip to the Veterinarian

Unplanned Trip to the Veterinarian

Halloween! A favorite time of the year for many people, kids and adults alike. With all of the festivities, dressing up, and goodies, who would not love this time of year? With all holidays though, it can bring unexpected accidents and added stress to your household. If you have pets, this is especially true, and there are some special things to consider if you do not want to take an unplanned trip to your veterinarian.

Foods That are Toxic to Your Cat or Dog

1. One of the most popular treats for Halloween, and a commonly known toxin to keep clear from your pet: Chocolate (specifically the ingredient theobromine). It can cause heart arrhythmias, hyperthermia, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, comas, and even death in large enough amounts. Please make sure your children are aware to not give their furry friends any of this treat.

2. Xylitol – An artificial sweetener that is in many candies, baked goods, and some chewing gum. It causes hypoglycemia, a drop in blood sugar levels. This can be life threatening if left untreated. Some signs of xylitol toxicity can include vomiting, weakness, seizures, acting uncoordinated, coma, and death. Beware that some new peanut butter brands may contain this!!!

3. Other foods to be watchful for when you’re preparing and cooking this Halloween: Grapes, raisins, garlic, onion (or chives), avocado, cooking grease, raw meats, bones, alcohol, drinks with caffeine or artificial sweeteners, and macadamia nuts.

Other Things to Consider

Other things besides food can potentially cause harm to your pets. Small pieces and string from costumes can be ingested and cause blockages or perforation (tearing or holes) in the stomach or intestines. Small pieces of toys also may pose this same threat. Be watchful of this if you have smaller children in the house.

Lastly, try to remember how stressful the holidays can be for you. Your pets can feel this same stress. Try to keep routines as regular as possible, and set time aside for your pet. If you’re planning to have parties or guests, designate an area or room for your pet to escape the commotion and relax. Along with your pets, relax and enjoy your Halloween as well Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or concerns.