What To Do If Your Dog Eats Your Halloween Candy
Any dog parent knows that as cute and cuddly as the dog may be, they can also be ridiculously clever when it comes to getting into and then eating things they shouldn’t.
With Halloween coming it's important to remember all the toxic things that dogs CAN’T HAVE. Candy is one of those very toxic things and if you have kids or are just a candy lover, there is a high chance you’ll have candy sitting around somewhere starting in October.
My dog is not a picky eater and tries her best to eat anything and everything she can find including bugs, plants, coffee, and even socks.
So, I have multiple panics per year when my vigilance goes down (I try my best) and wonder if I need to rush her to the vet or if she’s going to be fine. She is always fine, but the scary part is, sometimes you don’t know until it's too late. It is better to be safe than sorry and keep things out of your dog's reach.
It is common knowledge that chocolate is bad for dogs, especially dark chocolate. Here are the other candy’s you’ll want to make sure your pup can’t get to.
- Hard Candies
- Candy Corn
- Anything with nuts, especially macadamia nuts
- Raisins or grapes
- Ice Cream
- All Halloween candies
Some things your dog could experience if they do manage to gobble up candy are chocolate toxicity, weight gain, high blood pressure, and xylitol poisoning (an artificial sweetener also found in gum). All of these could lead to a trip to the vet, which is both nerve-wracking and expensive.
When or if your dog does consume candy, see how much they’ve eaten, if they are lethargic or not being themself, and if they are drinking water.
Of course, if you’re concerned head straight to the vet or give them a call to see what they say. Some dogs are resilient and in small amounts, there may be no harm done.
My dog philosophy is that if I get a treat, my dog gets a treat. Try giving your dog these treats while you snack on a candy bar.
- Unsalted peanut butter
- Chicken (no seasoning and no bones)
These are much better for your dog anyway and can help distract them while you treat yourself to an entire bag of Reese’s Pieces.