Tonawanda News


October 15, 2012

Yes to tricks, no to treats

Tonawanda News — We show our love through food. 

Roasted peanuts in creamy caramel covered by milk chocolate must scream affection. Avocado and tomato-garlic bruschetta sends signals of romance at any fine restaurant. 

I know I feel cherished when I bite into a vanilla ice cream cake shell with chocolate ice cream, fudge and crushed chocolate sandwich cookies in the middle. And what pet doesn’t like a few table scraps here and there?

Halloween scares me and it may not be for the reason you are thinking. Our critter companions have access to many potential toxins around the holidays. From certain types of nuts, candies and the infamous chocolate bar, pets can find themselves in a lot of dilemmas.

Food that contains the group methylxanthines can cause your pets to be ill. Methylxanthines, which includes theobromine and caffeine, come from cacao seeds. 

It can be found in chocolate, coffee and some types of soda. Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate which is worse than white chocolate. 

According to veterinarian Dr. Laura Tonetti of East Hill Animal Hospital, only a half ounce of baking chocolate per pound of body weight can be poisonous to an animal. Animals that have ingested methylxanthines can be suffer from panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death warns the ASPCA . 

The good news is usually the animal vomits before many of the side effects can take place. The bad news is you will have to make another tray of the Franken-brownies Sparky scarfed down.

For those of you who give out healthy food, like raisins, for Halloween, I have two warnings for you. The first is, us trick-or-treaters don’t like it. Please give us candy. Or you can be really cool like that house that gives out four quarters to all the kids. 

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