Easter No-No for your Pets

easterThe Easter weekend is nearly upon us and it is a joyful time for many folk to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For most of us, the Easter bunny visits too, with lots of delicious, if not calorie conscious, treats of chocolate delights and candy in all shapes and colours.  Easter egg hunts have our kids running madly around the garden in search of hidden brightly coloured wrappers of scrumptious chocolate bunnies.

Whilst we humans, can wolf down as many chocolate treats as we like (in fact, recent studies have shown that chocolate can be beneficial to human health, in moderation of course), please spare a thought for your furry family members.  Chocolate can be highly toxic for animals, and sometimes even fatal for them. Dogs are most commonly affected; due to their ability to find it and the common “sweet tooth” they seem to have. It is important to remember that cats and other animals are susceptible to the toxic effects of chocolate too.

What makes chocolate so toxic for animals, you ask? Well, it is made from the fruit beans of the cacao tree and Theobromine, a component of chocolate is a toxic compound in chocolate. Caffeine is also present in chocolate and a toxic component too, but in much smaller amounts than Theobromine.   The effects of both Theobromine and Caffeine in an animal include nausea and vomiting, an increase in blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and their Central Nervous System being highly stimulated.

The reason why chocolate is not toxic to humans is because humans are able to break down and excrete Theobromine much more efficiently than animals, especially dogs. Bear in mind that Bakers chocolate is the most toxic type of chocolate, containing 8 – 10 times the amount of Theobromine than milk chocolate. White chocolate is the least toxic type of chocolate but in no way does this mean it is safe for animal consumption.

So, if you are thinking that giving a piece of “harmless” chocolate to your pet over the Easter period, will not cause any problems, please be warned. Rather give your treasured pet a chewy toy or a raw hide chew instead. They will be equally grateful and in fact, enjoy your healthy and safe choice for a lot longer.

We would like to wish you and your families (including your beloved pets) a very Happy Easter. May it be a safe and blessed celebration.

Until next time, take care.

Tess Fernandez, PRO for uMngeni SPCA

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