SPCA warns seasonal spice blend might be toxic for pets

Pumpkin spice seasoning could be toxic for pets in large amounts or in its oil form, said the B.C. SPCA.

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For many, fall means pumpkin spice lattes, but while the wildly popular seasonal drink might make humans feel all warm and cozy, it’s a potentially toxic brew for pets.

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The B.C. SPCA warns some ingredients in the seasonal spice blend could be dangerous for animals.

Pumpkin spice seasoning — usually a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves or allspice — could be toxic for pets in large amounts or in its oil form, it said in an advisory.

For example, a spoonful of cinnamon could cause respiratory issues for pets, while nutmeg, which contains a toxin called myristicin, could cause vomiting and abdominal pain when ingested in large amounts or as an entire nut. In some cases, consuming nutmeg in dangerous quantities could trigger disorientation, seizures or hallucinations.

Cinnamon oil can be toxic in small amounts, as is clove oil, which contains a compound called eugenol that can cause liver toxicity in cats. Clove oil can also trigger vomiting, tremors or seizures in felines, said the SPCA.

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And it’s not just the components of a pumpkin spice latte. The SPCA said the actual beverage can also lead to serious toxicity if ingested by pets because of the caffeine. Even a baked treat with pumpkin space could be dangerous due to the high sugar and fat content.

The animal-welfare agency said pet owners who suspect their pet may have ingested something toxic should call their veterinarian or an emergency vet clinic immediately.

The SPCA advisory also warned about the dangers posed to pets by other seasonal items, such as antifreeze, candles, chocolate and candy, and compost and mulch piles.



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