October 25, 2017

Trick-or-Treat Tips for Your Clients

With Halloween fast approaching, it’s good to remind your clients that this season can provoke stress and anxiety in their pets and is also fraught with potential hazards.
By Kerry Lengyel
2. No candy treats for Rover.
It is the start of the giving season, but that doesn’t mean you should give their furry friend Halloween candy, some of which may be toxic. Chocolate is extremely dangerous to both dogs and cats, and the artificial sweetener xylitol found in sugar-free candy can cause serious health issues for pets. Some examples of treats that can be life-threatening:
  • Candy corn (high in sugar)
  • Chocolate-covered raisins (both chocolate and raisins are toxic)
  • Sugar-free gum (contains xylitol)
  • Bite-sized hard candy (choking hazard)
  • Candy wrappers (plastic and foil can cause obstructions)

Keep candy treats up high or hidden away in a cabinet or cupboard at all times. And if you find that your pet still got into the candy stash, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
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