Every October 31, trick-or-treaters return home with pumpkin-shaped baskets overflowing with fun-sized Snickers bars, Runts, Sweetarts and the occasional (and unfortunate) mini package of raisins. But it’s not just kids who can make themselves sick on sweets — Halloween candy can be especially toxic to dogs, explains Dr. Rachel Barrack, a New York City-based veterinarian.
“Never share Halloween candy with your pet,” Barrack tells The Dodo. “What is delicious to us can be very harmful to your cat or dog. Any time your pet ingests something they shouldn’t, contact your veterinarian immediately.” The pile of sweets can be dangerously tempting to the family pet, so it’s important to keep it well out of paw’s reach and avoid problems down the road.
So what Halloween hazards should pet parents be most concerned about? Here are some of the top candies that can cause problems on the most spooky of nights: