While indulging your sweet teeth this Halloween, dog owners should take special precautions with their candy. Even though it’s best for your dog not to eat any candy at all, some of our favorite seasonal treats can be potentially toxic to canines!
According to veterinary expert Dr. Gary Richter, it’s considered unsafe for dogs to eat more than 10 grams of candy. To get a visual on that amount, a Jolly Rancher hard candy is about six grams, so it doesn’t take much. So it’s better not give your pooch any sweets, but Dr. Richter says it’s crucial to keep these ingredients away from them.
- Raisins and grapes - You might think these are okay because they’re fruit, but raisins and grapes can actually cause acute kidney failure in dogs, leading to serious health consequences. So don’t let your dog anywhere near these sweet snacks
- All chocolate - There’s something in chocolate called theobromine that Dr. Richter says dogs can’t handle. “The darker the chocolate, the more theobromine exists,” he explains. But he also warns that the amount eaten and the size of your dog make a difference, too.
- Xylitol - When dogs ingest this sugar alcohol, it can lead to low blood sugar, seizures and even liver failure. Xylitol is in gums and low-sugar candies, so keep those away from Fido.
- Macadamia nuts - Another innocent snack to most of us that’s toxic to dogs. Macadamia nuts can cause fever, vomiting, and depression in dogs, so make sure they don’t eat these.