Chocolate Troubles this Easter
It would be impossible to venture into a supermarket over the past few weeks and not witness shelves upon shelves of Easter inspired chocolate. From chocolate eggs to all manner of chocolate treats, we truly can’t escape the fact that Easter isn’t too far away.
As our houses fill with chocolate eggs, our pets are exposed to one of the most dangerous treats for dogs that we insist upon packing into our cupboards. Just a small amount of chocolate ingested by our dogs can lead to potential problems leaving you with a potential trip to the vets. So with Easter just days away, here’s our handy hints on how to have a happy Easter with your hound and how to keep that chocolate locked away for your paws only.
Danger to Dogs
Toxic to our four-legged friends, and containing dangerous levels of the chemical theobromine, chocolate can lead to poisoning and even life threatening conditions if consumed by our furry friends.
What must be mentioned is that theobromine poisoning does change depending on the amount of chocolate consumed. Small amounts of chocolate may only cause gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea but larger amounts may lead to cardiac issues and even seizures. As high cocoa content chocolates, such as dark chocolate and chocolate powder, contain higher levels of theobromine it is advisable to keep this chocolate far out of reach from your four-legged friend.
If you suspect your dog has eaten any form of chocolate, you can investigate the potential danger using a theobromine calculator (found online) which will indicate if the level your dog is eaten poses a potential threat. This indicator, advised by vets, will suggest whether to seek medical advice or whether to simply monitor your pet at home. However, as every case is different if you suspect your dog is unwell, take them to seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.
Like the age old saying ‘prevention is always better than cure’ when it comes to our canine companions. Here at Natural Cornish Pet Shop, we love helping pet owners to keep their pets safe all year round. Understanding the problems chocolate poses, here’s our handy hints to keeping your pooch safe this Easter.
Safely Store Snacks
As a health risk to our dogs, we always recommend keeping your scrumptious easter snacks well hidden from your furry friend. Whether you prefer to place your chocolate in the cupboard or fridge, ensure it is safely stored where your pet can’t reach. The last thing you want is to be out of the house and come home to 10 half-eaten eggs and your pooch covered in chocolate.
If you have young children at home, monitor their eating of chocolate and sweets and make sure it happens away from any pets in the house.
In addition to chocolate, sweets can contain dangerous levels of Xylitol, a dangerous sweetener found in human snacks, that is highly threatening to our canines. As children have a tendency to feed pets and even drop food around them, give your kids treats when your dog isn’t paying attention. Ultimately, to keep your furry friend safe, keep your treats secure and hidden from their pesky paws.
Choose Doggy Chocolate
If you find yourself saddened that you are enjoying a treat without your furry friend, then some doggy chocolate might just be the ticket. Made from carob, an alternative to cocoa, dog friendly chocolate treats are available in supermarkets across the country and are a pawfect treat for your dog.
Containing none of the harmful theobromine, dog-friendly chocolate is a treat that you know your dog can enjoy without any of the nasty side effects.
Train to Ignore
Our dogs are very intuitive with smells and tastes and can often be trained to ignore or not beg for certain treats or foods, avoiding potential hazards. If your dog approaches you whilst you have chocolate, just a simple “NO” command whilst moving the chocolate or your dog away can train them to ignore chocolate when it's in the vicinity.