These 6 Halloween Candies Top the List of Dangerous Foods for Dogs
By LisaBeth Weber
While the annual tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween is one that children and adults look forward to year-round, it isn’t always safe or fun for everyone. For dogs, the extra candy around the house and the neighborhood can be a hazard to their health.
When Halloween comes around, it’s best to be extra vigilant, for your dog’s sake. Pet nutritionist and proprietor of Ask Ariel Pet Nutrition, Susan Blake Davis, explains that sugar is bad for pets (even “natural” sugars, such as molasses), saying that it can contribute “to health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and even cancer.”
A little planning can go a long way, though. If you want your dog to be part of the festivities, you have to make Halloween safety a priority. “Be sure to have your pet’s favorite treats in the house and readily available,” says Davis.
But sweets that are made for people should be kept well out of reach. Davis says that “Keeping the candy and gum stored in a secure cabinet will ensure that you and your pet have a safe and happy Halloween together!”
Veterinarian Dr. David Gordon of Arch Beach Veterinary Clinic in Laguna Beach, California, says that the bottom line for pet safety is, “Better safe than sorry! It really comes down to [the fact that] anything other than dog food can be a problem for dogs.”
Gordon says to use dry dog food or dog treats as Halloween treats. “The most dangerous Halloween treats [can] come from strangers [who] put unusual objects into the home baked goods,” he says. “You should never eat those yourself or give them to your pets.”
According to Dr. Gordon, toxicities or obstruction of the bowel can ensue from dogs eating candy, so if you think your dog has gotten into the treats and you see symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, abnormal behaviors or anything else that is worrisome, take it seriously and call the vet.
Let’s take a walk through the candy aisle to see which are the most toxic foods for dogs.