If treating a (human) sweetie this year, please be careful of any dangerous plants or chocolates within your pet's reach. In addition to the potential for poisoning (or sick tummies) from sweets, don't allow any access to sugar substitutes either! Of special risk to pets are gums or candies sweetened with the not-so-sweet sugarish alternative known as xylitol. Ingestion of this substance can result in hypoglycemia, which can lead to depression, loss of coordination, and even seizures. As with other pet-proofing precautions, be extra careful of things pets can accidentally sniff or taste and don't underestimate the lengths they'll go to for what appears to be a savory snack! If you suspect your pet has ingested any products containing this substance (or any other risky or questionable substances), please contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA 24-hour emergency poison hotline directly at 1-888-426-4435.
Feb 7 2008