Dogs, Chocolate and Candy: Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Sweet Safety for Your Dogs

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It’s that time of year again — the holidays are fast approaching. We at Animal Bliss feel it’s important to remind our readers to be particularly vigilant regarding your dog’s well-being during the festivities. Most of you already know chocolate and candy is dangerous for your dog, but here are some Halloween safety tips for you, just in case. Be sure to share it with other dog owners as well!

Halloween safety tips to keep your dog safer this year.
Photo: Don Hankins, Flickr

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According to the infographic below, in 2015 the ASPCA Center for Poison Control received an average of 14,600 calls from worried pet owners after their pet ingested food meant for humans. Let’s keep that number down in 2016.

Dogs and Candy: Sweet Safety Infographic

Dogs and Candy: Sweet Safety Infographic by Orvis

Did you know dogs have a natural sweet tooth?

I guess I never thought about that, but it makes sense. They have a sweeter tooth than cats, that’s for sure. As Orvis says, “when combined with their canine tenacity, their strong sense of smell and sweets in paws’ reach,” this can be very dangerous.

Chocolate is Toxic to Dogs: What to do if Yours Gets into Your Stash

Dog-proof Your Sweets Stash

  • Always keep chocolate, candies, brownies, cookies, cakes, raisins, grapes, and any products containing Xylitol in high cabinets that your dog cannot reach.
  • If your dog loves peanut butter, always double-check the ingredients list for Xylitol.
  • Remind any children in the home that these items are dangerous for your dog.
  • Be extra vigilant around the holidays.
  • Crate your dog when you’re gone to keep him from eating things he shouldn’t.

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Symptoms That Require Immediate Medical Attention:

  • Vomiting
  • Rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
  • Agitation
  • Heavy panting
  • Muscle tremors
  • Staggering
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Note too, in the infographic, that your dog’s size greatly influences what can happen if your pooch ingests chocolate or candy. If you have a small dog and you’re not sure how much he’s eaten, take him to the vet immediately. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear.

Remember, when in doubt, always have your dog checked out by your veterinarian, or call the ASPCA Poison Control hotline, toll-free at (888) 426-4435 for immediate answers.

Here’s to safe holidays. I hope these Halloween safety tips will help keep your pet safe. It goes without saying, these apply to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years too!

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A QUESTION FOR YOU: Do you give your dog treats? Have you ever had to call Poison Control because your dog got into your stash?

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2 thoughts on “Dogs, Chocolate and Candy: Halloween Safety Tips”

  1. It is very important to ensure that you and your dogs are careful around Halloween time, so that your dogs can stay safe and not consume anything that may be dangerous to them. We have some great treats that can be used as alternatives for your dog to have at this time of year!


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