Warning dog owners: Co-op's resident vet advises 'paws-ing' for thought this Easter

13 April 2017

Matt Brash, Resident Vet at Co-op Pet Insurance and star of ‘Zoo Vet at Large’ commented:

Over the Easter weekend it’s important that dog owners take extra care and keep Easter eggs away from dogs. Dogs can get hold of chocolate if it’s left out on services, so pet owners should ensure they hide any Easter eggs in a secure location, out of reach from mischievous and curious dogs.

“Chocolate is one of the most common causes of food poisoning and can be toxic to dogs as it contains theobromine, which affects the central nervous system and heart. Theobromine is a naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean – so the higher the chocolate content, the more dangerous it is to dogs.

“If anyone suspects their dog has eaten chocolate, call the vet immediately and they can ask questions to assess the severity of the case. Treatment will depend on a variety of things such as the size of the dog, the amount of chocolate they have eaten and what kind of chocolate it is.

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Common symptoms of chocolate consumption among dogs include:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sudden increase in energy
  • Panting
  • Shaking
  • Nausea

According to Co-op Insurance’s claims data, the average cost of treatment for chocolate poisoning is £470.60

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