Easter, a Christian festival for the rebirth of Jesus and also a great danger for dogs. It is celebrated with chocolate… lots of chocolate! Whether Easter bunny, Easter egg or Easter basket, it is all about the candy. Supermarkets already gearing up weeks before to withstand the big attack of all the chocolate addicts.
Dog owners see this festival from a critical perspective as well because they know that chocolate is toxic for their four-legged friends. But, who knows when there is an actual risk?
Chocolate Toxicity – Danger for dogs
Chocolate contains theobromine, a natural substance arising from the cocoa bean. Theobromine is not really dangerous for people because we would have to take an extremely high dose of chocolate before even a weak poisoning occurs. For dogs, however, it is easier to eat enough chocolate to be poisoned.
2 or 3 large eggs of chocolate are actually enough to cause problems for medium and large breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers. If you find your dog eating a large amount of chocolate, you should contact the veterinarian immediately.
When you come home and your four-legged friend has plundered your whole chocolate stock, you should also inform the veterinarian promptly. The vet can give your dog a medicine which stops the intake of theobromine in the blood.
Are you not sure whether your children or your pets have plundered your chocolate stock? Take attention to the following signs:
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle tremor
If your dog has any of these symptoms, you can be sure that your children did not lie and that your dog actually DID eat the chocolate. In this case, you should call a vet as soon as possible as it could be rather dangerous for your dog!
Start the Easter egg hunt as soon as possible!
Many of us buy lots of chocolate for Easter – often too much. If children and dogs are in the house, the Easter treats and goodies should be hidden well. Ideally, put it all in high cabinets, far away from them. You should not renounce chocolate but, be careful and place it out of reach.
Since the chocolate eggs begin to melt at higher temperatures, maybe the garage would be an optimal place to hide your sweets, right?
We wish you a Happy Easter and remember: Chocolate is a great danger for dogs!