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Snacks to ghost: Spooky foods you should avoid feeding your pet

Snacks to ghost: Spooky foods you should avoid feeding your pet

Posted by PetDirect on 18th Oct 2023
Boo! Halloween is just around the corner, and while it's all about treats for us, it's important to remember that not all the goodies we enjoy are safe for our furry friends. So, before you let your pet join in the eerie festivities, keep in mind these spine-chilling snacks that are a definite no-no for your four-legged companions!

1. Chocolate Treats

Ah, the classic Halloween goody! While it might make your taste buds dance, it can spell disaster for your pet. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to both dogs and cats. So, keep your chocolate stash far out of their reach and opt for pet-friendly snacks like carob treats or peanut butter biscuits.

2. Raisin Warnings

Raisins and grapes are often lurking in Halloween-themed snacks, like trail mix or some sweet pastries. But beware! Even in small amounts, these seemingly innocent bites can lead to kidney failure in dogs. Opt for dried cranberries (without added sugars) or blueberries for a safer, antioxidant-rich option.

3. Bones

While it might be tempting to toss your pet a bone from that delectable Halloween roast, bones can actually be a grave danger. They can splinter and cause choking or internal injuries. Instead, treat your pet to specially designed, chew-safe toys or dental chews to keep them occupied.

4. Wickedly Sugary Sweets

Those glittering lollipops and sugary gummies might look enchanting, but they're a health hazard for pets. High sugar content can lead to obesity, dental issues, and in extreme cases, diabetes. Opt for pet-friendly treats sweetened with natural ingredients like honey or apples.

5. Ghoulishly Salty Snacks

Salty treats like pretzels, popcorn, or salted nuts can lead to sodium ion poisoning in pets. This can result in symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhoea to tremors and seizures. Keep the salty stuff for the humans and offer your pet unsalted alternatives like air-popped popcorn or plain, unsalted pretzels (in moderation, of course).

6. Eerie Alcoholic Spirits

Halloween parties might include some spooky-themed cocktails, but alcohol and pets are a frightful mix. Even a small amount can lead to alcohol poisoning, causing symptoms like disorientation, vomiting, and even organ failure. Provide your pet with fresh, clean water and their favourite non-alcoholic pet-friendly beverages.

Remember, our pets rely on us to keep them safe, especially during the spooky season. By avoiding these treacherous treats and opting for cat and dog safe alternatives, you'll ensure that your furry friend has a Halloween that's both spook-tacular and safe!