Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and adults, but it can be quite frightening for pets. People dressed up in weird costumes can confuse or frighten a dog or cat. But what really is scary is feeding your pets candy which can be harmful to them albeit safe for humans.
Treats for humans that are harmful to pets
To help you understand how Halloween treats can turn into a nasty trick that could affect your pet’s health we prepared the following list:
Bite-Sized Hard Candy poses a major choking hazard for pets. Hard candy becomes slippery with saliva, causing your pet to choke if it slips into the trachea.
Bubble Gum can be dangerous even if it doesn’t contain xylitol because it can cause moderate to severe bowel obstruction.
Chocolate is extremely toxic to pets because it contains theobromine, which can cause seizures, heart attacks and internal bleeding.
High sugar candy such as candy corn will help your pet’s gut bacteria to thrive, causing a spooky mess of gas and diarrhea.
Raisins and grapes can cause kidney failure in pets. Some pets develop idiosyncratic reactions at any dose, which means you should call the vet even if your pet had just one.
Sugar-free candy often contains xylitol, which is perfectly harmless for humans, but terrible for pets. Xylitol causes a severe drop in sugar only minutes after ingestion, causing lethargy and seizures. If your pet survives the initial symptoms, xylitol can lead to potentially fatal liver failure.
Healthy Treats your pets can enjoy:
During Halloween, your pets will notice you and your family enjoying all those delicious treats. Of course, they are going to want to get in on the action. So they won’t feel left out, we’ve prepared a list of treats you can give to your dog or cat that are not only safe but healthy.
Healthy dog treats:
I’d Rather Be With My Dog Venison Bites are soft/chewy dog treats that provide the perfect snack for dogs on paleo diets. Finding a dog treat with quality ingredients can prove difficult, but I’d Rather Be With My Dog Venision Bites are formulated with no fillers like grain, gluten, dairy or soy, and contains only the healthy protein/ingredients they need.
Blue Buffalo Blue Mini Bars are bite-size biscuits that are oven-baked for a crunchy and delicious treat that includes wholesome and rich ingredients like Blueberry, Yogurt, Carrots, Oatmeal, Flaxseed and Barley.
Nutro Crunchy Treats with Real Mixed Berries. These healthy dog treats contain all natural ingredients, such as whole grains, real blueberries, cranberries, and cherries (a known source of antioxidants). They also include no wheat, corn, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. They’re simply a healthy treat for your dog.
CET Dental Chews beef rawhide strips with a dual enzyme formula to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria & enhance and activate a naturally occurring oral defense mechanism. CET Chews are a great tasting and effective way to help keep your dog’s breath fresh and teeth clean.
Healthy cat treats:
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Cat Treats are a healthy, all-natural snack for any kitty. Your cat will love these tempting meaty morsels packed with intense flavor. Real meat is the first ingredient, which makes these cat treats incredibly delicious!
Greenies Feline Dental Treats is scientifically formulated and clinically proven to mechanically reduce tartar buildup that can cause bad breath. As a treat between meals, Feline Greenies work like a little toothbrush to scrub your cat’s teeth.
Yummy Kitty Yums from Blue Buffalo treats with whisker-licking big beef flavor are guaranteed to get your kitty purring. Made with real beef and wholesome ingredients, these tasty treats are packed with protein and will have kitty meowing for more. Yummy Kitty Yums treats are proudly made in the USA with no soy, wheat, corn, or artificial ingredients. Indulge kitty without the guilt- each treat contains only 2 calories!
Enisyl-F Lysine treats are a palatable source of L-Lysine. Supplemental administration of L- Lysine has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of feline herpes virus infections.