Categories: Wellness & Care
Easter is a holiday that holds lots of tradition and for many it’s filled with chocolate shaped bunnies, dying Easter eggs, and the hunt for candy. Before the festivities begin, learn about some of the hazards some of these fun activities may hold for your dog or cat.
As adults, most of us know how dangerous chocolate can be for a dog or cat, but many children are unaware of this. Children unknowingly think that by sharing a piece of the delicious chocolate bunny will score them some cool points with their family pet. It is very important to educate your child the dangers chocolate possess.
When hiding all the goodies for your kids this year, be sure to take count of all that you are hiding. That way when your kids go out on their exciting hunt and bring you back their baskets you can make sure all hidden items are accounted for.
Dangers of chocolate:
The reason chocolate is so dangerous to dogs is the ingredient theobromine. Humans can metabolize this ingredient but unfortunately dogs cannot. The side effects to chocolate toxicity include:
- Excessive energy
- Possibly fatal depending on when treatment is performed.
Treatment for chocolate poisoning varies depending on the amount of chocolate eaten, the type of chocolate consumed, and when your dog or cat is present for treatment. Most of the time, your veterinarian will induce vomiting followed by administering activated charcoal. In more severe cases, our veterinarians will create a treatment plan based on your pet’s individual symptoms and needs.
If you think your pet has ingested chocolate this Easter, don’t hesitate to call our office.
Those of us that like to hide colorful plastic eggs with goodies inside do not often think of the dangers the plastic egg can carry for our pets. Many times dogs will mistake these eggs for toys and begin to chew or ingest them. Sharp plastic pieces could become lodged in the throat or mouth, cause bleeding, or if enough is consumed, could even become a foreign body.
If you are one of those pet parents that LOVE to include your pets in your holiday plans like we are, think about hiding some fun Easter treats for your dog! Just be sure the treats are made specifically for dogs and they don’t overdo it, just like kids would!
Don’t forget, while enjoying your Easter holiday your dog or cat may be enjoying a treat of their own. Be cautious about leaving all your Easter treasures and goodies lying around, and enjoy your Easter holiday!