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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Pet Eat Chocolate | Christmas 2018

Dog at Christmas

Published at 3:24pm 22nd December 2017. (Updated at 11:30am 6th November 2018)

While you may love Chocolate at Christmas time, your pet does not! 

Chocolate and other foods such as raisins, christmas puddings, mince pies, macadamia nuts and onions are poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Symptoms after eating these include vomiting, increased heart rate and even seizures. 

Allowing your pet to get their paws on one of these foods is not only potentially dangerous for them, but adds unnecessary stress on Veterinary surgeries. 

Vets Now said that on Christmas Day and Boxing Day they see a 800% increase in chocolate poisoning cases and that a quarter of all food poisoning cases happen in December. 

To avoid the risks of this, ensure you don't leave any presents containing food under the tree and dispose of leftovers correctly, don't leave them out on the side. 

However, if you do think your pet has food poisoning it is important to act fast. 

Lauren Scott from Pet Doctors in Guildford said: "Call your vets straight away. The quicker we deal with the problem, the better the prognosis. 

"If it's been a long time since ingestion you're more likely to get very severe symptoms and therefore not a great outcome. If it's caught quickly we can just empty their stomach and generally they're alright." 


Love Christmas Music? Why not check out our brand new Christmas Radio Station called Eagle Christmas. We'll be playing your favourite festive classics throughout November and December. Listen to us online, on free app and on smart speaker.

Click here to listen to Eagle Christmas!

 

Eagle Christmas in association with Farnborough Leisure Centre and Arena Leisure Centre Camberley
Eagle Christmas is a brand new Christmas Radio Station in Surrey and Hampshire

 

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