AVMA Issues Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Oct 26, 2011, 10:53 ET from American Veterinary Medical Association

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Halloween is one of America's favorite holidays, but the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) advises pet owners to make sure the evening's tricks and treats are safe for pets.

"Halloween treats often contain chocolate. Most people already know that chocolate can be toxic for pets, but chocolate isn't the only thing in candy that can be dangerous for pets. Sometimes dogs will eat candy whole, including wrappers, lollipop sticks or anything else that might be attached.   This might lead to an intestinal blockage that might not show up for days," says Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA. The video, Halloween Tips for Pet Owners, is available on YouTube and the AVMA Media Library. "Xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener common in baked goods, chewing gums and some candies, has also been found to be poisonous to dogs as well."

In the video, Dr. DeHaven offers some information on how to keep Halloween candy and pets separate.  If your pet does get into it, he advises contacting a veterinarian immediately.  "A quick response could save your pet's life," he explains.

Other advice featured includes tips on safely trick-or -treating with your pet, how to costume your pet safely, and how to keep your pet safe when trick-or-treaters arrive. Additional Halloween tips may be found at http://www.avma.org/myveterinarian/halloween.asp.

The AVMA encourages sharing of the video via social media to make this Halloween a safe Halloween for pets and trick-or-treaters alike.

For more information, please visit www.avma.org.  

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 81,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. The year 2011 is being celebrated by veterinarians around the world as Vet2011, the 250th anniversary of the birth of veterinary medicine and education.

SOURCE American Veterinary Medical Association