We British eat £4.6 billion worth of chocolate each year. Half the chocolate we eat is milk chocolate; a third is dark and the rest white chocolate.
As we have Easter and all its chocolate coming up, we want to make our clients aware of the dangers of chocolate in dogs.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine (a bit like caffeine) that is poisonous to dogs. The amount of theobromide differs in the different types of chocolate (dark chocolate has the most in it).
While we all know that chocolate is toxic to dogs our furry friends often have other ideas.
Every Easter we have to treat at least one naughty pet that has raided the Easter Eggs and overindulged in potentially dangerous levels of chocolate.
The image shows our vet Lydia teaching her Cairn Terrier ‘Mister’ that dogs should not eat any Easter Eggs!
Other possible Easter Dangers to your pets:
Spring bulbs can be fatal if dug up and eaten by your pets.
Tulips and daffodils are toxic to dogs and cats, although all parts of the plant are toxic; it is the bulbs that actually contain the most toxins.
Do not allow your cats to drink the water of any cut daffodils in your home.
Anxiety in our pets is an ever increasing issue and is often seen in pets attending any vets practice
Monitoring your pet’s weight regularly can help detect early signs of disease such as obesity, diabetes or kidney problems
Diabetes is increasingly common in dogs and cats over 6 years of age