PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
While Halloween can be frightfully fun for kids and adults alike, it can be surprisingly scary for four-legged family members. Here’s a nasty number: In 2011, No. 1-rated Petplan pet insurance found that candy-related claims were 245% more likely to occur during Halloween week than any other time of the year.
This year, a record 170 million Americans will partake in Halloween festivities and spend more than $2.33 billion on candy, according to the National Retail Federation. And chocolate – the most poisonous candy for pets – leads the list of popular treats.
But for four-legged friends, a chocolaty snack can suck the family budget dry. According to 2011 Petplan claims data, the average cost of veterinary care related to chocolate ingestion averaged $582 per incident (up from $503 last year), and some claims even topped $3,290! (That’s a whole pillowcase-full of problems!)
“Regardless of the type of chocolate, it’s a good idea to keep the basket of Halloween treats well out of reach of furry friends,” says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “Dark chocolate contains a higher concentration of toxins like methylxantines and caffeine, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting or elevated heart rate, and can even be fatal if ingested. Lighter milk chocolate has a higher fat content, which can lead to serious medical conditions like pancreatitis. If you notice your pet experiencing any of the signs of vomiting, increased thirst, diarrhea, weakness or hyper-excitability, call your veterinarian immediately.”
While candy consumption is the most prevalent Halloween health risk, the holiday poses many additional dangers to pets. To keep two- and four-legged family members safer in this spooky season, Petplan urges pet parents to remember these important Halloween health tips:
For more information on keeping your pets protected around Howl-o’ween and all year, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com.
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