Doctors underline that people can discard their Halloween candy, but they should avoid feeding their pets with these treats, especially their dogs. More precisely, dogs love chocolate compared with cats which are less likely to ingest it.
Animals can suffer violent symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting, after eating an excessive amount of Halloween candy. It some cases it causes pancreatitis, a disease which requires hospitalization and proper treatment.
Some dogs that eat candy wrappers can choke or suffer intestinal obstruction. Veterinarians stress that this condition sometimes requires surgery. Based on the latest reports, chocolate is quite toxic to many pets, because it contains a chemical compound, known as theobromine.
In the worst-case scenario, it causes seizures, tremors, hyperactivity, and an intensified heart rate which can lead to arrhythmia.
It is worth mentioning that baking chocolate has the highest intake of theobromine. Apart from this one, dark and semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, flavored chocolate cookies, and cakes also contain a high concentration of this toxic chemical compound.
Some Halloween candy contains xylitol, which is an artificial sweetener very toxic to many pets. Dogs absorb this sweetener into their bloodstream at a much faster rate than people. As a consequence, a high level of insulin is released, causing hypoglycemia, which may lead to seizures, collapse, lethargy, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Dogs may experience other violent symptoms such as liver bleeding, failure, and sometimes, even death. However, Halloween candy can be harmful to people as well, and that is why doctors recommend Americans to drink more water because it provides more energy than candy.
Also, people must avoid candy addiction. A reliable alternative would be to replace the high-sugar intake in Halloween candy with the one in fruits and vegetables because it is moderate and natural. Adopting healthier dietary habits will help you get over the need to eat Halloween junk food.
You can sweat out the Halloween candy by doing physical exercises daily or weekly. According to public health care guidelines, everyone should do at least 150 of exercises every week. The mix of fitness and a healthier diet will prevent many long-term consequences such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and dementia as well.
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