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What not to eat (for fur kids) this Easter

Posted by Dr Claire Jenkins on Mar 28, 2018 11:50:39 AM
Dr Claire Jenkins

Did you know that two of our favourite Easter foods are highly toxic for dogs?

Hot cross buns and chocolate stashes are notoriously sought after by pups, however as both are potentially toxic, this is no time to play family vacuum cleaner.

1. Hot Cross Buns

Sultanas and raisins (and all grapes) are toxic for dogs. The toxin they contain is a bit of a mystery, but we do know that it can affect and reduce kidney function. It’s serious.

The reaction varies from one pup to another, but in some of the worst cases, it only takes a few sultanas to cause injury. The reaction is often delayed, so you might not see signs of toxicity for 1-2 days.

Signs of toxicity include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • More drinking
  • Less (or more) peeing

Treatment of kidney disease is difficult and not always successful. So regardless of the amount consumed, it’s always best to see a vet ASAP.

2. Chocolate (especially dark)

It’s the theobromine and caffeine in chocolate that’s toxic for dogs. The amount is higher in dark and cooking chocolates, less in milk chocolate and white has negligible amounts. However as little as 20g of cooking chocolate can cause upset for a 10kg dog, so it really doesn’t take much.

The signs your dog ate chocolate vary with the amount that is eaten. Smaller amounts may just result in tummy upset- vomiting, diarrhoea, tummy pain; whereas larger amounts can cause hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms and sadly, even death.

So if your dog gets into your Easter stash, you should call a vet straight away.

Keep your eyes peeled

As always with toxins, prevention is key. So when the family’s enjoying hot cross buns and Easter eggs this weekend, make sure your pup stays safely confined in his or her safe spot, and keeps a safe distance at all times. Reward with big cuddles and a treat of their own afterwards. (Watch out for those human kids too, who love to share food!)

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Topics: Toxins, chocolate, hot cross buns, EASTER