BUNNY OVERDOSE: Pets, particularly dogs, can’t metabolise theobromine, which is contained in chocolate.
BUNNY OVERDOSE: Pets, particularly dogs, can’t metabolise theobromine, which is contained in chocolate. Contributed

What’s off limits for your pet this Easter?

EASTER can be a dangerous time for our pets and there's a few things you need to keep off limits. Take note of the following!

1. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine, a derivative of caffeine that cannot be metabolised by our pets (particularly dogs).

Ingestion can cause an increased heart rate, vomiting, diarrhoea, agitation, tremors, seizures and even death.

Cooking and dark chocolate are the most toxic but ingestion of any chocolate can cause problems.

2. Hot Cross Buns

Many people are not aware that sultanas and raisins (and grapes) can contain a toxin that causes kidney damage in dogs.

Keep these off the menu at all times.

3. Easter lilies

These beautiful fragrant flowers if ingested can cause kidney failure in cats.

The stems, leaves, flowers and stamen are all dangerous, as is the water the flowers are stored in.

If your pet ingests any of the above over the Easter period call Riverbank Animal Hospital immediately for advice.

Make sure you have emergency numbers on hand if it is out of our normal opening hours.

Our on call vet can be contacted directly on 66431700.


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