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Take Care with Candy & Pets 

During the Holidays  

From the American Veterinary Medical Assn.

 

November 2013 issue  

 

 

[For the 88% of RMR readers who own dogs; and the 88% who own cats!]

 

      “Nothing will ruin your holiday fun like an emergency trip to your veterinarian because one of your animals got into the candy bowl,” Dr. Fobian says.

 

Tips to remember:

 

1)  The cocoa in chocolate can be poisonous to dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate, the more deadly it can be. In addition, small dogs are more likely to be affected by ingesting a small amount of chocolate than larger dogs.

 

2)  Some pets will consume a candy whole, including the candy wrapper, which can cause an intestinal blockage.

 

3)  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many chewing gums and baked goods, has been shown to be poisonous to dogs.

 

4) Raisins, a common healthy treat for kids, can be poisonous to dogs and cats.

 

5)  If you fear your pet has ingested candy or any other potentially dangerous foods, contact your veterinarian or your local emergency pet hospital immediately. A quick response could save your pet’s life!

 

            For more tips about common household poisons, visit the www.avma.org and view their video on “Household Hazards & Poisons.”

 

 

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