Why you need to keep chocolate away from pets this Christmas

Why you need to keep chocolate away from pets this Christmas

Dog owners are being warned to resist giving their best friend Christmas chocolate treats after researchers found a peak in poisoning over the festive period.

The most common types of chocolate candies dogs devoured were chocolate bars, gift boxes, chocolate rabbits, Santa figurines, and also chocolate decorations.

That's even more unsafe than Chocolatebingefest, aka Easter, when man's best friend is twice as likely to fall victim to delicious chocolate.

They examined the 2012-2017 records of 229 animal hospitals or clinics in the United Kingdom and identified 386 cases of chocolate exposure involving 375 dogs.

We weren't feeling festive either, when he had to go to the vets to be treated for what could be acute chocolate poisoning.

Dogs are undone by a key ingredient of chocolate called theobromine (from the Greek words for "theo", meaning gods, and "brosi", meaning food - yep, "food of the gods"), which is a stimulant similar to caffeine. None of the symptoms were considered life threatening in any of these cases.

Dogs can suffer digestive issues, tremors and seizures if they consume chocolate as it contains theobromine, which they are allergic to.

Dogs received a number of treatments for the chocolate poisoning including an activated charcoal to mop up the theobromine.

They wrote: "Chocolate ingestion has a unique seasonal pattern which merits highlighting this risk to clients, particularly in the run-up to Christmas and Easter as chocolate becomes more accessible within the household".

The results showed dogs were more than four times as likely to be brought to the vet for eating chocolate at Christmas time than non-holiday dates.

20, 2017 Holidays, and all of the chocolate goodies that come with the celebrations, can be particularly unsafe for dogs, researchers warn. No particular breed was associated with an elevated risk. Dogs, in contrast, will often do anything for a chocolatey treat, even though eating even small amounts of chocolate can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, Nobel said.

When a vet receives a dog exposed to chocolate, the usual course of action is to administer vomiting-inducing medication to flush the chocolate out of the stomach.

Then, you'll be taking a trip to the vet, where you won't be alone.

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