Apr 7, 2009

Easter Treats Can Kill

G'day Dog Lovers,

With Easter just a few days away it's a good time to remember the warnings about the danger of chocolate for dogs.

Just 50g of chocolate can be toxic and kill a dog. Once again this is the Easter warning from the RSPCA’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr Anne Chester.

With most pets considered part of the family, there’s a quite normal inclination to share the food with the family pet. “The problem is that the systems of cats and dogs cannot tolerate theobromine, one of key ingredients of chocolate,” says Dr Chester.

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 heart beat. Pets can vomit, suffer diarrhoea and excessive urination and become hyperactive. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and death. Obviously then, people should remember to keep their trays of Easter eggs away from the opportunistic family pooch.

But chocolate is not the only potential health hazard around at Easter. “Onions can also be toxic”, she warned. “Even the small amounts contained on pizza slices. The fatty foods in barbeque left overs can affect the animals’ pancreas and lead to pancreatitis. Cooked bones can also cause major problems. They’re brittle and the sharp slivers can either lodge in the throat or pierce the stomach lining.”

Dr Chester emphasised that she was not trying to be melodramatic. “We want everyone to enjoy the Easter break. But please! Think carefully before you feed your pets food designed for humans-especially chocolate!”

1 comment:

Yumi said...

Today is Easter Sunday. I took my dogs for walk in the morning as usual and found a lot of small chocolate Easter eggs on foot path to someone's front yard to the front door as if Easter Bunny made a trail. It might be fun for kids but deadly for my small dogs. It was lucky that I spotted them before my beagle cross dogs' noses.
I found some Easter eggs left in a park at afternoon walk with dogs again.
I wish people are more thoughtful to dogs as well as to children.