Protect Your Pet from Halloween Dangers

Oct 28, 2018 | Care & Wellness, Uncategorized

Halloween is just around the corner and with it come some important things for you to consider for the safety of your furry friends!

 

Chocolate Trouble:

As you may know, certain compounds in chocolate can be toxic to dogs. The primary ones are caffeine and theobromine. These stimulate the central nervous system, alter the heart’s ability to contract normally, increase gastric secretion, and promote smooth muscle relaxation. Theobromine is especially harmful as it undergoes something called enterohepatic recirculation. This occurs with certain drugs where they are reabsorbed from the intestine and then reprocessed in the liver, prolonging the physical signs of toxicosis.

These may vary depending on what type of chocolate was consumed, how much your pet ate, and the size of your pet. At home, chocolate toxicosis can look like vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, agitation, abnormal behavior, seizures and death.

If you know that your pet ate any chocolate try to keep the wrapper and call a veterinarian or poison control immediately. Helpful information to have on hand for your vet or poison control when you call: your pet’s weight, the type of chocolate (brand can be helpful) and about how many ounces were consumed. If the medical professional can determine that your pet did ingest a toxic amount of chocolate, treatment depends on several factors. If your pet just ingested the chocolate and not much time has passed, you have a chance of safely inducing vomiting – this is the quickest and most inexpensive way to deal with chocolate ingestion, so make sure you don’t wait too long before calling!

If too much time has passed or if the amount ingested poses a serious threat, you’ll have to bring your pet into an emergency center so its body can be flushed with intravenous fluids. The doctors may also recommend oral activated charcoal. Happily, the prognosis is excellent with prompt care and the above recommendations.

Other Candied Culprits

Although chocolate tends to be the main player in our candy warning section, some sugar-free candy options can actually be just as, if not more, dangerous. Xylitol is a type of sweetener in some treats and almost all sugar-free gum—plus some types of peanut butter. While it is a wonderful cavity preventing sweetener for humans, dogs who ingest xylitol experience dramatic increases in insulin which make their blood glucose plummet dangerously. Some dogs also will experience acute liver injury and failure. Onset of clinical signs due to hypoglycemia is relatively rapid (30-60 minutes) so if your pet has been unsupervised around gum or candy and you note staggering, anorexia, vomiting, seizures or coma, contact a veterinarian immediately.

Treatment involves hospitalization. If the pet recently ate the candy or gum and is neurologically normal, vomiting is induced. If this is not an option, however, hospitalization, fluid therapy, blood glucose management with intravenous dextrose and close monitoring are required. Prognosis for dogs with hypoglycemia who are treated is excellent, however if liver injury or failure are present prognosis is more guarded.

Bottom line: Keep all gum and candy away from pups –especially if it is sugar free!

Stranger Danger

The holidays are a busy time with many unfamiliar people in and around your house, and Halloween is no different. It’s a day when many strangers are ringing your doorbell and yelling trick or treat. For some animals, this is an awesome experience and others ignore it altogether. There are some, however, that struggle with the very real stress that increased numbers of people, noise and decorations bring. Some pets will have shown anxiety or fearful behaviors in response to the doorbell or strangers before, but not always. Pay close attention to how your pet is feeling and responding to the doorbell and the different people and decorations.

If you notice that your pet is acting stressed, hiding, or barking when the doorbell rings, it may be prudent to try to set up a calm, quiet space for them away from this area of the house as much as possible. Using sound machines (if well tolerated), treats and comfortable blankets in a low stimulation area can be great ways to help your pet chill out and relax.

Keep in mind that pets can rush out of open doors so it is essential for your safety, their safety and the safety of the trick-or-treaters that you have your pet on a leash or confined somewhere so that they cannot escape in a panic (or for a joy-run around the neighborhood!). There are a lot of people out on Halloween so use common sense and avoid letting your pets run unsupervised.

Costumes:

If you have an anxious pet, it might not be a great idea to force them into wearing a costume. Although adorable and photo-worthy, costumes can increase anxiety and fear in some dogs, cats or other animals and this can exacerbate developing behavioral problems. So pay close attention to see if your pet loves dressing up or if that might be something to leave to the humans in your family.

As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns—don’t hesitate to call VETSS—we are always here to help- no matter what time.

And have a safe and Happy Halloween!!

For more information, contact our team at VETSS!

What Types of Venomous Snakes Should Dog Owners Be Aware of in Virginia?

There are 3 types of venomous snakes in Virginia, all of which belong to the pit viper family: the Eastern Copperhead, Timber/Canebrake Rattlesnake, and Northern Cottonmouth. Copperheads are the most commonly seen and widely distributed venomous snake in Virginia and...

Facts And Tips For Dog Bite Prevention Awareness Week

In honor of National Dog Bite Awareness week, April 7-13, 2019, we thought we would share with you some recommendations about avoiding common situations that increase the chances of a dog bite to humans or other animals. If are near the Charlottesville area and your...

Health Benefits of Living with Pets

There is a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. However, just about any pet can enrich your life — Cats, birds, ferrets, goats, and even snakes. And it’s not just that their antics make us smile. These furry, feathered, or scaled family members can actually...

4DX: The Four-Way Test That Saves Canine Lives

Preventive care is all about keeping your pet happy and healthy, and one of the most important tests for dogs is called 4DX. This is a blood test that checks for four common diseases in dogs: Heartworm, plus three tick-borne diseases. Every dog should get a 4DX test...

Resource Topics

Why Your Pet May Need to See the Dentist too!

Bad breath is disgusting, yet for some reason we just laugh it off in our pets. Sometimes bad breath, also known as...

Health Benefits of Living with Pets

There is a reason why dogs are known as man’s best friend. However, just about any pet can enrich your life — Cats,...
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

There have been many questions recently with what to feed your pet. Here are a few suggestions for ways to choose.Have you heard the news about grain-free foods potentially causing heart disease in pets? Are you thinking about switching your pet's food?

Here's what Community Vet recommends when choosing a diet!

For the FDA's report on certain diets and canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), visit:

www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-...
... See MoreSee Less

There have been many questions recently with what to feed your pet. Here are a few suggestions for ways to choose.

Comment on Facebook

Hi Mrs. Gregory. The best recommendation is a diet either tested by AAFCO as the most well researched, or one formulated by a veterinary nutritionist or phd nutritionist.... Basically a diet with science behind it. There are plenty of diets that are formulated to meet aafco standards. These may be great or may not, you don't know until they are tested. It's really up to you and what you are comfortable with. I'm happy to chat with you about this if you would like to explore further. Dr. McKenna.

We were told to switch from Purina 1 to 4Health due to our labs having ear yeast infection. What is recommend now?

Correlation is not causation so my dogs are staying on their current diet 👍

Purina? Really?

Sharon

View more comments

There was Jack Russell found by the old firehouse in Ruckersville. Suspected hit by car. Call VETSS 434-973-3519 if you think this is your animal or if you have any information as to who the owner might be. ... See MoreSee Less

There was Jack Russell found by the old firehouse in Ruckersville. Suspected hit by car. Call VETSS 434-973-3519 if you think this is your animal or if you have any information as to who the owner might be.Image attachment

Comment on Facebook

This may be Emma Pearl. Her owner lives in Madison, and she's been missing for a few weeks.

This is the post: MY NAME IS EMMA PEARL, I’M A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER, 13 YEARS OLD AND WEIGH APPROX. 13 PDS. I’M VERY SWEET AND FRIENDLY. I HAVE HAD ALL MY VACCINES, SO I’M SAFE TO PUT IN YOUR CAR FOR A RIDE BACK TO MY DAD IN MADISON, VA. I HAVE A SORE SPOT ON THE END OF MY CROPPED TAIL. I ALSO ESCAPE MY COLLAR AND TAGS REGULARLY. IF YOU HAVE SEEN ME AROUND OR PICKED ME UP, PLEASE CALL HIM… ANTHONY MORRIS 540-948-6174. ORIGINALLY LOST IN THE GRAVES MILL/MADISON, VA AREA.

Appreciate the thought Eileen Molloy Norris, but it is NOT Forrest. Hope it's his or her family is found and quickly!!

Hope she finds her family and she’s ok! 💜

I've tried calling the number we received for Anthony Morris and left a voicemail. Will try again

I will try to find the owner's number. Emma Pearl is about 13 years old.

Emma Pearl is a tri color and has not been found.

😢

Shared.

Is he being treated??

Shared

Anybody!! If no one found to claim him/her please contact me !!!!!!! Love them!!!! Name Blanca, I live in Orange 703-606-3094😪❤️

Culpeper County Animal Shelter

Kar Bisaillon it’s a long short but could it be

View more comments

If someone is missing a golden retriever in the Earlysville area please call us at 434-973-3519 for information! ... See MoreSee Less

If someone is missing a golden retriever in the Earlysville area please call us at 434-973-3519 for information!Image attachmentImage attachment

Comment on Facebook

My last Golden was found in that area, we had 16 years together 💕🐾

Oh man I think maybe this dog came looking for me

Was this dog ever claimed by its owner?

Carolyn Foreman Betts in case you know anyone missing their baby!

Shared that dog looks well taken care of. Someone is definitely missing their fur baby. Can you post on pawboost.com Va, nextdoor.com- helps reunite lost pets

View more comments

Load more