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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips.

1. Candy Isn’t for Pets

All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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12:54PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013


10:04AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

8:14AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Yes make sure your children understand ""No Chocolate for the Pets""!
Thank You

7:58AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

useful tips and ADORABLE pictures. thanks.

7:20AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Reasonable Halloween info. I wish you didn't put it in 10 pages.
Keep your pets indoor, safe and away from candles and candy.

1:15AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing important info, when we can easily get caught up, taken away and halloweened.

10:38AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

thanks for the useful reminders, sometimes it may not strike us.

10:11AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Always a good reminder!

9:55AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Good article Nicolas. thanks for the reminders.

3:41AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thanks for article. i think is useful! Hope everything will pass without any incident for animals and people, also!

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