Chocolate and Dogs

Why Easter Eggs are Bad for Dogs

Everybody loves Easter, and the delicious Easter eggs that come along with it. Well, everyone except your dog that is. As much as pet owners like to share holiday treats and goodies with our four-legged friends, we must never share our Easter eggs. As much as our pooches may love the smell and even the taste of chocolate, they will not love the after effects of having chocolate poisoning that is likely to follow.

Chocolate is Toxic

Chocolate is toxic to dogs, even if the sweet-toothed pups don’t understand this, and it can be very dangerous when even the smallest amount is ingested.

The cocoa bean plant contains a poisonous chemical called Theobromine. Theobromine is a naturally occurring stimulant that has dangerous effects on the central nervous system and heart of dogs, essentially putting their systems in a state of panic.

Symptoms of Chocolate Poisoning

Our four-legged friends are likely to experience many terrible symptoms as a result of eating any amount of chocolate.

Watch your animal closely if you think your dog may have eaten chocolates, keeping an extra close eye out for the following symptoms:

  • frequent urination
  • muscle twitching
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • especially fast heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • restlessness
  • obvious discomfort

How to Treat your Dog if it Eats Chocolate

Depending on the amount of chocolate the animal has ingested, and certain variables about the dog specifically, including size and weight, general health, and the age of the dog, symptoms will vary in severity.Signs of chocolate poisoning can starts to present within just a few minutes, or not be apparent for several hours, so if you know for certain, or suspect it has been eaten, it is imperative to contact your vet immediately.

Time is of the essence when it comes to treating your pooch, so it is best to induce vomiting and empty the contents of the stomach, ideally before the toxins have time to reach the animal’s bloodstream.
The vet has many relief aids available to assist in treatment, including drugs to induce vomiting, careful professional monitoring of the dog’s condition, medications to regulate the heartbeat, and charcoal to absorb any remaining poison in the stomach.

Prevention is Key

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to protect your animal from unnecessary pain and suffering., and the best way to do that is by taking preventative measures.

Always keep Easter eggs and other chocolates up and put away in a safe location where your dog cannot get at it. There are, of course, special dog chocolates available on the market, but why not bake your pooch some homemade treats this Easter as a special treat?