Maurice is all ready for a safe Halloween, are you?
Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults but not always for your pets. Big Bay Animal Hospital wants to help you and your furry friends have a spoo-tacular time this season.
Several sweet treats are not great for our Barrie pets. Here’s a list of some hazards to watch out for:
Chocolate–Of all the candy, chocolate is the culprit of the most problems for pets and the most calls to the poison helplines. Dogs love chocolate! It does not love your dog. Chocolate is toxic to pets, especially Baker’s chocolate or even dark chocolate. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more poisonous it is. There is a chemical in chocolate that is similar to caffeine–methylxanthine, and it is more concentrated in the darker forms of chocolate. But even in large quantities milk chocolate can cause poisoning in your pets. Symptoms of significant chocolate ingestion may include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst & urination and even seizures.
Candies— Hard candies and even gum can be harmful too. A number of sugary treats contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol. Xylitol, which is found in alot of treats, and especially gum can be poisonous to dogs. Even a small amount can cause a drastic drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures and damage organs.
Candy wrappers can be dangerous to our curious feline friends. Although fun and crinkly, ingesting aluminum foil or cellophane wrappers can be dangerous and cause a gastro-intestinal blockage which could require surgery.
Decorations– Be careful with candles in pumpkins. Pets can accidentally knock over a pumpkin and therefore start a fire. A much safer alternative is a battery operated light source for your pumpkin. Wires or cords for other Halloween decorations can cause problems for your pets so keep these out of reach also.
Who knew Halloween could be so scary….
Big Bay Animal Hospital will be closing early the night of Halloween. The entire team wishes you and your pets a safe and happy Halloween. Please remember in case of a Halloween emergency the Huronia Veterinary Emergency Clinic at 115 Bell Farm Rd will be open Halloween night at 7pm.