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Chocolate Warning for Pets

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With the Easter weekend coming up quickly and the chocolate madness about to begin, it’s important to remember our pets should not be eating it too.

Chocolate is highly toxic just 50g can kill a dog. Chocolate's key ingredient, Theobromine, is extremely hazardous to our four-legged friends and can cause a range of problems.

RSPCA Qld’s Chief Veterinarian, Dr Anne Chester, has warned pet owners of the dangers of feeding your pets chocolate.

“Theobromine can cause a range of problems in domestic animals because it triggers the release of adrenaline, which can lead to a greatly accelerated heart rate and an irregular heartbeat. Pets can vomit, suffer diarrhoea and excessive urination and become hyperactive. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and death.”

But chocolate isn’t the only food around Easter that is dangerous for your pet. Hot cross buns, onions and fatty barbeque leftovers, can all cause major implications for your pet’s health including pancreatitis. Cooked bones are also detrimental as they are brittle and easily broken down when chewed on or consumed. Small shards can get stuck in the animal’s throat or pierce the stomach lining.

Holiday periods are usually a time for celebrating, relaxing and indulging with your family and it’s normal to want to share these times with your pet. However, it is important to remember sometimes sharing is not caring when it comes to foods that are hazardous to our pets.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy this Easter with your furry friend, but please remember to keep chocolate and other toxic foods out of reach.

RSPCA QLD
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