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Chocolate and candies made with the artificial sweetener xylitol are the most toxic for pets.

Candy wrappers can also be dangerous when swallowed, causing intestinal blockages.

Call us or keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number handy if your pet gets into dangerous treats: (888) 426-4435.

Symptoms that require immediate attention: Vomiting, Diarrhea, Elevated Heart Rate, Excessive Thirst and Urination, Loss of Coordination, Seizures, Panting, Hyperactivity

 

Comfortable Costumes
While most pets prefer their birthday suits, some will tolerate costumes. Don’t force them if it causes stress! Beware of small or dangling pieces of material that may cause a choking hazard, and avoid costumes that restrict movement, vision or hearing. Check Pinterest for fun and easy costume ideas, like a Beanie Baby Pup, Big Bad Woof, Super Dog/Cat, Horse Jockey, or Chia Pet.

 

Frightening Front Door Activity
Strangers in creepy costumes + constantly ringing doorbells = perfect recipe for stress. Help pets feel safe and secure in a quiet room away from all the action. For extra ‘fraidy cats and dogs, consider a pheromone diffuser.

 

Spooky Statistics
1.5 ounces: the amount of dark chocolate considered toxic for a 10-pound dog, 3 ounces for a 20-pound dog. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. Halloween is the second most common holiday for pets to go missing, just after the 4th of July. Keep an ID collar on your pets and make sure your microchip registry is up to date.

 

Halloween treats for four-legged trick or treaters:
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Bars
2 1 /2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 /2 cup canned pumpkin, 1 /2 cup peanut butter (no added sugar or sugar substitute), 2 eggs, 1 /2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients on low. Roll out dough to 1 /2-inch thick and cut into Halloween shapes. Place 1 /2-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake about 20 minutes on each side.