Easter is just around the corner, and it's time to indulge in sweet treats and chocolates! But as a pet parent, it's important to remember the potential dangers of this holiday for our furry friends. 

The Dangers Of Chocolate For Dogs

As most of us know, chocolate is poisonous to dogs. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, as well as caffeine. Dog's bodies can't break this chemical down like humans can, and while rarely fatal, ingesting chocolate can cause serious illness to our beloved pets.

The severity of illness often depends on the amount of chocolate eaten and dark chocolate is typically more dangerous due to a higher concentration of theobromine.

Chocolate Poisoning: Signs and Symptoms

Theobromine affects the gut, heart, central nervous system, and kidneys.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include:

  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Diarrhoea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Coordination loss
  • Increased heart rate

Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe From Chocolate

As a responsible pet parent, you must keep Easter eggs, chocolate bars, and even hot cross buns out of your pet's reach. If you're planning an egg hunt, make sure your pet is in a safe place and cannot access any hidden goodies. 

If your dog does consume chocolate, you should contact your local vet for advice immediately so they can determine the right course of action. 



Treats Your Dog Can Enjoy This Easter

Want to treat your dog to a special Easter treat? You can use carob as a chocolate substitute or play an Easter hunt enrichment game by hiding their favourite treats around the house or yard for them to find. 

Our Prime100 SPT Treats, made from 100% premium meat, also make the perfect basket filler this Easter.

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