- spiked blood sugar levels, leading to hyperactivity and anxiety
- digestive problems
- tooth decay
- high sugar food can contribute to diabetes
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, calls increase by 12 percent, making Halloween their busiest time of year. “Each year we experience a sharp increase in calls around Halloween, especially during the weekends surrounding the holiday,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline.
- Candy Apples. Although sliced apples are okay to feed your dog, apple seeds are not. Apple seeds contain chemical compounds that are poisonous to animals.
- Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Nuts. Similar to grapes and raisins, studies have been inconclusive on why macadamia nuts has an ill effect on dogs.
- Candy Corn, Skittles, Starburst and Other High Sugar Candy. Canine digestive systems were not made to process high-sugar foods, which can cause diarrhea and gas.
- Gum and Other Sugar-Free Candy. Many sugar-free foods contain the sugar substitute xylitol. The ingestion of xylitol or xylitol-containing products causes a rapid release of the hormone insulin, causing a sudden decrease in the dog’s blood glucose. This chemical is extremely toxic to dogs, and may cause vomiting, lethargy, seizures and even liver failure.
- Chocolate Covered Raisins. This combination is a double whammy for dogs. Chocolate can cause severe illness or death in dogs; the darker the chocolate is, the more toxic it is. Raisins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and even sudden kidney failure in dogs.
It is important to teach children from a young age what is and is not okay for the family pet to eat. If you suspect
that your dog has ingested a toxic food or substance, please immediately call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435. Have a safe and Happy Halloween!