This is our first time to have a dog and she’s already showing a lot of interest in the Halloween candy. I’ve heard that chocolate is toxic to dogs and now I’m worried that she’ll get into it this Halloween season. What happens if she gets into chocolate and what should we do?
Concerned about Candy in The Heights
There are several factors that play into this problem. First of all, the degree to which your dog is affected by chocolate depends on her size and on the type of chocolate she gets into. In most cases, the more bitter and darker the chocolate a dog has ingested, the greater the risk of her getting poisoned.The amount of chocolate a dog can ingest without serious adverse effects is relative to the size of the dog as well. Where a 75-pound Labrador may show no reaction to eating a slice of chocolate cake, a 4-pound Chihuahua may be seriously at risk.
The typical symptoms on chocolate toxicity are: diarrhea, vomiting, lethargy, hyperactivity, increased thirst, agitation, seizures, abnormal heart rate, and sometimes death. As with any kind of canine poisoning, it’s always less expensive, less severe, and has a much better outcome if early treatment is done, so if you suspect that your pooch has dipped into the candy, head to the vet.
Since there is no antidote to chocolate poisoning, prevention is always better than cure. So keep those hapless chocolate bars in well-covered containers and out of your dog’s reach at all times. (Helpful Tip: The freezer is a great place to store chocolate candy–it keeps Fido AND you from overindulging!) Avoid poisoning problems as much as you can by dog-proofing your entire house properly and making sure that your dog doesn’t have access to chocolate or other toxic substances.
Looking for Some Pet-centric Halloween Fun?
Join the Kung Fu Running Club and Friends For Life for the “Monster Dash,” benefiting Friends For Life on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12:00pm – 5:00pm at 5317 Washington Ave. Bring out your favorite Halloween costumes and celebrate Halloween with Kung Fu Running Club! This is the third race in their annual Washington Ave Pub Runs series. The 2017 Monster Dash Pub Run will be the most talked about race of the fall! Grab a friend, (or 6) and plan to attend.There will be music, dancing, and even a chance to win prizes in the costume contest!
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