Easter is such a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends. It’s a time of thankfulness and celebration and a time where we can often indulge in good food and drinks including of course, chocolate. If, like me, you have a large family, it’s likely you’ll have a heap of chocolate around the house at this time of year. You may even have chocolate hidden around the garden as well, ready for a traditional Easter Sunday egg hunt. Although delicious to humans, chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats and it’s therefore essential we keep chocolate out of reach of our pets. Gently remind guests and children not to feed pets any kind of chocolate during their stay or maybe consider keeping your pets in a separate area to avoid temptation.
The signs of chocolate ingestion include vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, thirst and muscle twitching. If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate and is showing any of these signs, take them to your local vet immediately.
How about a Easter ‘Treat Hunt’ for your pets. Hide some of our delicious love’em treats around the house and garden and let them hunt them out for themselves. Above all, have a fun, wonderful Easter full of joy and happiness.
Dr Marie Rowe