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Six Easter Foods that are Dangerous for Dogs

02 April 2015

UK - Easter treats can be seriously risky to your dog’s health. Keeping your canine away from dangerous food and drink will keep them happy and healthy this Easter…

1. Easter eggs
Is chocolate really dangerous for dogs? Yes! Don’t be tempted to share your Easter eggs with your dog – it could kill them.

Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine and can be toxic to dogs, sometimes in quite small quantities. Dark chocolate, cooking chocolate and cocoa powder, can all make your pet unwell. Milk chocolate is less dangerous, but can produce symptoms depending on the amount.

Symptoms to watch out for include vomiting, restlessness, twitchiness and walking difficulties. Get to the vet straight away if your dog shows any of these signs.

2. Hot cross buns
These Easter treats contain raisins, currants and sultanas – all of which are toxic to dogs.

Many people ask, “is it ok to give my dog a few raisins or grapes?” The answer is no. It’s really difficult to predict how a dog will react to eating grapes of any kind, but eating only a small amount can cause your dog severe kidney failure.

Sadly, each year dogs die after eating grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas, so don’t take the risk.

If you suspect your dog has eaten these dried fruits, get straight to the vet and tell them what you think your pet has eaten immediately.

3. Bread dough
Making the most of extra time at home to bake bread and hot cross buns? Make sure your dog keeps their paws off the dough.

Raw bread dough can cause a dog discomfort as it rises inside their stomach, and as it ferments the chemicals it produces can poison your pet.

4. Sugar-free foods
Trying to cut the calories? Sugar-free products such as chewing gum and sweets often contain the sweetener Xylitol.

This is very dangerous to dogs as it can lead to a disastrous fall in blood sugar levels, causing collapse and even death.

Keep your sweets out of reach of your pet.

5. Alcohol
If you’re planning a party over the long bank holiday weekend it’s a good idea to keep wine and beer bottles high up and out of the way.

Alcohol has a similar effect on dogs to humans, and pets may become wobbly.

Drinking alcohol can also cause convulsions and respiratory problems in pets, and if dogs drink too much it can be fatal.

Our Blue Cross animal hospitals often treat dogs who have been tempted by the sweet taste of some alcoholic drinks, so make sure your pet sticks to water.

6. Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts are also poisonous to dogs and can cause them to become very weak.

As with all of these Easter dangers, contact your vet if you think your pet may have eaten any of these foods.

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