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  Easter tips

Whilst overindulging during the Easter period may result in a few extra kilograms for humans, the consequences for our animal companions are much greater and much more serious. The accidental ingestion of chocolate or baked goods containing chocolate can lead to serious illness or even death for our beloved furry friends.

Why is chocolate so dangerous for animals?

Chocolate toxicosis is a potential problem for all of our animal friends, however is it most common in dogs. This is because chocolate always contains a key ingredient called theobromine which is lethal to dogs. As well as theobromine, chocolate contains caffeine. Caffeine is dangerous to all pets as it can cause both over stimulation of the nervous system and increase our pet’s heart rate and tremors.

How do I know if my pet is experiencing chocolate toxicosis?

The clinical signs of chocolate toxicosis are vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive urination, hyperactivity and increased thirst. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizure and death.

How can I prevent my pet from consuming chocolate over the Easter period?

With all the chocolate you can expect to be present in our homes over the Easter holiday, please ensure you keep chocolate well out of your pets reach. Chocolate wrappers and foil from chocolate eggs and bunnies can also be of serious harm to your animal’s health as they could choke.


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