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RSPCA Warning Don’t kill your dog with kindness this Easter

The RSPCA is issuing a warning to pet owners that chocolate is toxic to dogs and can kill them.

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is toxic to dogs, and can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, convulsions and even death. Cocoa powder is the most toxic chocolate product, followed by dark and then milk chocolate.

The RSPCA would advise any pet owner to take their animal straight to a vet if they are worried about what their dog has eaten.

Never watch and wait in any case of suspected poisoning. The effects can take hold extremely quickly, so knowing the symptoms and how to respond to them can be the difference between life and death

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Richards said: “We all know that our dogs can sometimes beg for food but if you give in and feed your dog human foods like chocolate, you risk poisoning your dog and it could even die.

“Other human foods like hot cross buns are also a danger to our pets, so if you want your dog to share in a treat with you this Easter, please stick to specially made canine treats.

“Taking some kibble from their food allowance to use as a treat is also a good idea.

“The RSPCA is also advising gardeners planning on spending time in the garden this Easter to be wary of a mulch product which is potentially lethal to dogs.

“If dogs eat cocoa mulch – which is sold in garden centres and DIY stores - it could poison them in the same way that chocolate can. Some manufacturers warn consumers of the dangers on mulch packaging, but others don’t.”

Cocoa mulch, which to dogs may smell very appetising, contains a strong concentration of theobromine.

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