Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 15, 2013
While Halloween can be a howling good time for family members of all ages, it can be hauntingly hazardous for four-legged friends. Sink your fangs into this scary statistic from Petplan pet insurance: During Halloween week, pets are 25% more likely to visit the veterinarian for chocolate toxicity than at other times of the year.
According to the National Retail Federation, more than 158 million Americans are expected to participate in Halloween festivities, spending $2.08 billion on candy. But Petplan advises pet parents to take precautions to prevent pets from partaking in the sweetest part of Halloween.
"If your Halloween haul includes chocolaty treats of any kind, it’s a good idea to stow your stash 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 vomiting, increased thirst, diarrhea, weakness or hyper-excitability, call your veterinarian immediately."
Treatment for these toxic treats can take a toll on the family budget. According to 2012 Petplan claims data, the average cost of veterinary care related to chocolate ingestion averaged $522, and some claims even topped $3,290! (That’s a whole pillowcase-full of problems!)
In addition to chocolate consumption, the holiday poses many additional dangers to pets. To keep two- and four-legged family members safe this spooky season, Petplan urges pet parents to remember these important Halloween health tips:
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