Easter is nearly upon us once again! This magical time of year coincides with spring and also means a nice long weekend off work and plenty of chocolate! Whilst we might be having a great time filling up on Easter eggs, spare a thought for our dogs. Chocolate can be particularly poisonous to our canine pals! At The Insurance Emporium, we care about your dog’s health and want you to have an eggs-ellent Easter! That’s why we’ve put together this guide on helping your pooch to avoid Easter egg poisoning.
1. Toxic treats
The toxic component in chocolate is called theobromine, which naturally occurs in cocoa beans. It’s easily processed by the human body but can build up in dogs, often reaching harmful levels.
2. Size matters!
A small amount of chocolate will possibly only give your dog an upset stomach or maybe sickness and diarrhoea. It’s always worth visiting a vet as soon as possible to find out the extent of the poisoning.
3. Cocoa caution
The levels of theobromine can vary depending on the type of chocolate ingested. Milk and white chocolate don’t tend to contain as much of the toxic component, whereas cocoa powder and dark chocolate can be very dangerous.
4. What are the symptoms?
There can be various symptoms displayed by your dog such as vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness and tremors. These are usually displayed within four hours of consumption. There is plenty of information available online if you want a full list of symptoms.
5. Get to the vet!
Getting your dog to a vet as soon as possible could be vital in minimising the effects of chocolate poisoning. If you can, try to induce vomiting as soon as possible in order to reduce the harm.
6. Hey! You’ve got to hide your eggs away!
Removing access to chocolate might be the easiest way to avoid your pet pooch getting ill. Keeping your Easter eggs in a cupboard or out of reach could stop those inquisitive canines getting their paws on them. Remaining mindful at all times could prevent any slip-ups!
7. Choco kitty caution!
It could be important to remember that chocolate poisoning isn’t exclusive to dogs. It can be harmful to many of our household pets, including our beloved cats! The good news is that cats don’t tend to like the taste, so the chances of them gorging on choccy are lower!
8. Delicious doggy delicacies!
Our poor pups shouldn’t have to miss out on a magical Easter, should they? Check out this recipe from Your Dog which could help to make your hound happy with a dog-friendly Easter egg!
The Easter bank holiday weekend might be the perfect time to relax and treat yourself. Making sure that your Easter eggs are kept safely away from your dog could be vital in having a cracking Easter! It might also be important to get some Pet Insurance in case the worst does happen. At The Insurance Emporium, our Dog Insurance policies cover up to £8,000 for Vet’s Fees*. Head to The Insurance Emporium to find out more!
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