Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Did you know that some toxins our pets may encounter today could be just as scary as your costume? Keep your pet safe by making sure you’re familiar with these common Halloween dangers.

Chocolate – One of the most common calls we receive! The darker the chocolate the more harmful it will be to your pet. Ingestion might lead to a fast and irregular heart- beat, changes to blood pressure and excitability.

Xylitol – Sugarless lollies, chewing gum and baked treats may contain the sweetener xylitol that causes low blood sugar (due to insulin release) and liver damage in dogs.

Grapes, sultanas, and raisins – Can cause kidney failure in dogs. Be mindful that grape products can be ‘hidden’ in baked goods like breads and muffins.

Glow-sticks – Popular with trick-or-treaters, some pets (especially cats) chew on them, releasing the bitter material inside which is an irritant that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you have any pet poison ‘scares’ today, please phone us on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) immediately for advice. You can also visit animalpoisons.com.au/stay-up-to-date to subscribe to our mailing list and receive updates and alerts directly to your inbox.

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