Dangerous foods for pets, read our article and make sure you keep your pets healthy this Easter.
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We all like to spoil our pets (sometimes a little too much!), and Easter time is no exception. It’s important to remember though, that our pets are not able to eat the same treats as us! Some food is dangerous for pets. Chocolate is a big no for dogs and cats. It contains theobromine which is unable to be processed by their bodies, leading to a range of severe, and potentially deadly, issues. Foil wrapping can result in intestinal blockages, often requiring surgical intervention. Hot cross buns are a tasty human treat, but can be deadly to dogs as they contain dried fruit. Many people don’t know, but grapes, sultanas and raisins are actually toxic to dogs, even if consumed in small quantities. Signs of toxicity may include vomiting, salivating and abdominal pain, and lead to kidney failure or potentially death.
When celebrating this Easter, make sure to let the Easter Bunny know to hide chocolates out of reach, or to keep your pets in a separate section of the house.
Why is chocolate toxic for pets?
Chocolate contains both caffeine and a chemical called theobromine. Both of these act as stimulants which cannot properly be metabolised by your pet, and cause a variety of symptoms such as increased heart rate, seizures and tremors – all of which can be fatal. In addition, chocolate is also high in fat and sugar, which can cause pancreatitis and stomach upset in many pets.
How much chocolate is poisonous?
As a general rule, the smaller the pets, the smaller the amount of chocolate is needed to cause toxicity (and vice versa). However, each animal is different and in some cases, a large pet could only need a very small amount of chocolate for them to become sick. Because of this, we recommend bringing your pets in to the Ark regardless of how much has been ingested.
Darker chocolate poses a greater risk, as it contains a higher amount of cocoa and therefore more theobromine. Fruit and nut chocolate is especially dangerous as it contains raisins, which are also toxic to pets.
What are the signs of chocolate toxicity?
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning can take a few hours to develop, and vary depending on the amount and type of chocolate your pet eats. Early signs include:
- increased thirst
- This can progress to tremors, seizures and heart failure, particularly in older pets or those with existing heart conditions.
If you know or suspect that your pet has ingested chocolate, or notice any of these symptoms, bring them into the Ark straight away.
Other Dangerous foods for pets
Lilies –They look beautiful in an Easter bouquet, but lilies and other flowers in the lily family are toxic to cats.
Easter novelty toys –Plastic eggs, chicks and grass from Easter baskets can all be dangerous to your pet if eaten, as they pose a choking hazard and cannot be digested. Often if eaten, these objects need to be removed through surgery
Plastic wrapping– plastic wrapping from gifts and chocolate can be very dangerous. It’s easy for them to suffocate if they become entangled, and can obstruct their intestinal system if eaten.
Hot cross buns –they’re a delicious Easter treat, but contain raisins and currents, both of which can cause kidney failure in pets.
Tips for a pet-safe Easter
- Keep all Easter eggs and decorations that could pose a choking hazard out of your pets’ reach
- If you’re having an Easter egg hunt, count the eggs before you hide them or keep a record of where they are, to make sure that your furry friend won’t find any leftovers at the end of the hunt. Even better, lock your pet into a safe room so they aren’t able to access the chocolate.
- Never feed your pet Easter eggs or other treats like hot cross buns. Instead, give them a pet-friendly Easter treat (we’ve included a delicious recipe for some Easter goodies for your pet!)
Easter pet treats recipe!
Here’s a recipe for some safe, homemade pet treats that you can give to your pooch at Easter instead of chocolate! While our pets love to get treats, it’s important to remember that they shouldn’t have too many – they’re delicious in moderation!