Depending on when you're reading this article, Easter will be just around the corner or a distant memory. Nevertheless, the message from the team at Clent Hills Vets is still the same:
Keep chocolate Easter eggs, chocolate bars, chocolate cake, cooking chocolate, drinking chocolate, cocoa powder, and anything containing chocolate well out of your pet’s reach!
Even a small amount of chocolate can put your pet's health in serious danger. Worryingly, we hear of pet owners feeding their dogs chocolate as a treat. Keep reading our article to understand why this is a problem.
Contact us immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate.
CALL 01527 889810
Why is chocolate dangerous to pets?
Chocolate is especially toxic to dogs and cats because it contains the chemical theobromine. Theobromine is found in high concentrations naturally in the Cacao plant, which is chocolate in its pure form. Unlike humans, dogs and cats are very sensitive to theobromine, which causes some nasty symptoms.
If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call us straight away on 01527 889810
Signs of chocolate poisoning in dogs and cats
Firstly, DON’T WAIT FOR SYMPTOMS TO APPEAR – CALL US ON 01527 889810.
If you haven’t seen the incident but notice any of the below symptoms, CALL US.
- Signs of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity, hypersalivation, high temperature, increased heart rate, tremors, and seizures.
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