It’s finally Easter, which is great for the kids, but not so much for your pooches.
As we’ve said in recent posts, Chocolate is very bad for dogs and it’s not much different at Easter.
Similar tot he situation at Christmas, chocolate is more likely to be widely available in your household, but it’s not just chocolate. Foods like hot cross buns can be very bad because of the dried fruits within them. You should also be cautious of spring bulbs.
Chocolate poisoning is very common at this time of the year, chocolate contains a chemical called Theobromine which is poisonous to dogs, it can also be bad for rodents, cats and rabbits.
Chocolate can be worse due to either the amount, type or quality of the sweet treat. It seems that the darker the chocolate the more Theobromine it contains. Whereas white chocolate contains very little but is still full of fats and can make your dog quite ill.
The symptoms that you should be looking out for that indicates that your dog has eaten chocolate are:
- Muscle Twitching
- Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Blood Pressure
Hot Cross Buns can be very dangerous too because raisins, sultanas, grapes and currants are all toxic your pooches. It’s not well-known of how much of dried fruits can be poisonous, but some dogs can get very ill from large quantities and some not at all.
The symptoms that you should be looking out for that indicates that your dog has eaten Hot Cross Buns are:
- Kidney Failure
- Stomach Problems
- Increased Thirst
- Urination Decrease
Spring Blubs are dangerous too, pooches can eat the bulbs back in Autumn then again when they start to flower in Spring. They can be flowers such as:
- Daffodils – They will show signs of stomach upset, vomiting and salvation. This can increase and escalate to appearing sleepy, collapsing or wobbly legs. In the most serious cases, your pooch may suffer from fits, changes in their heart rate, blood pressure or body temperature.
- Spring Crocus – These have a low toxicity and could only cause an upset stomach if eaten, though you shouldn’t confused these with Autumn crocus which can cause severe stomach upset, bone marrow depression and kidney and liver problems.
- Tulips – There are toxins that have been found in Tulips that cause gastrointestinal tract and irritation to the mouth which can only result in vomiting, drooling and diarrhoea. The very serious cases from these plants are rare, but the effects could still cause breathing difficulties and heart problems, so be aware.
The main thing to know is what to do when you think your dog might have been poisoned.
If you think your dog may have eaten, inhaled or touched something they shouldn’t have, you should contact your vets immediately.
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