Pet parents who want to keep their felines from turning into scaredy-cats and keep their pooches out of the pet emergency room at the witching hour should follow some keep Halloween Safety Tips.
“The number one tip is to keep your pets away from the candy,” says Dr. Julia Georgesen of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. “Keep the candy up high and make sure your children don’t leave Halloween bags on the floor where pets can ingest candy and chocolate.”
Chocolate in all forms, especially dark chocolate or baking chocolate is very dangerous for dogs and cats. A key ingredient of chocolate is Theo bromine, which is similar to caffeine, and causes vomiting, restlessness, heart disturbances and even death. Candies containing the artificial sweetener Xylitol are also potentially deadly. Xylitol drops glucose levels to dangerously low levels in pets causing weakness, seizures, and death. (more…)