As my daughter gets ready for another year of Halloween trick-or-treating, I recall a frightening story I heard last year about a dog who ate tainted candy.
Lucky, a 9 year old Yorkie, was a victim of tainted Halloween candy. In 2013, his owner Kellie was walking him around Kapahulu on the night of October 31, when unbeknownst to her, Lucky ate a piece of candy off the ground.
When they got home, he started having seizures, so at first, Kellie thought it was a reaction to having eaten chocolate, which is bad for dogs. When she took Lucky to the vet, however, they found he had actually eaten a sewing needle, which went straight up through the roof of his mouth and into his brain. Apparently, the needle was embedded inside the chocolate.
"I saw a piece of sewing thread sticking out of the roof of his mouth," describes Dr. John Kaya, DVM. He pulled it out. I'm happy to say the dog has fully recovered - living up to his name.
What a somber reminder to check your children's Halloween candy - and perhaps not to walk your dog on this night!