At Easter-time, there's generally a lot more of the gooey sweet stuff around the place, and dogs are inquisitive souls. The smell is inviting, and before you know it they've munched down the lot and made themselves very ill indeed. I still hear people saying "it's because they can become diabetic" but actually it's much more immediate and frightening even than that: they can suffer poisoning.
A chemical called theobromine is present in chocolate and is something us people can handle, but dogs cannot. The higher the cocoa content, the more theobromine is present, which is why things like cocoa powder and cocoa mulch for the garden have been known to kill dogs when they have ingested some.
So please keep a look out this Easter and remember:
- Keep your chocolate treats out of reach of intrepid hounds
- Don't let family and friends give them chocolatey treats
- Distract them with special dog "choc" drops if it helps!
- If you're a gardener, make sure you're not using cocoa mulch
- Vomiting (with blood)
- Sore tummy
- Excessive thirst
- Slow heart rate
- In the later stages, epileptic-type fits