Please don't feed your pet chocolate this Easter!
While Easter might not look like it normally does this year, many families will be looking forward to celebrating with all the members of their household - including their pets.
Easter eggs are a tasty treat for many of us but if your dog gets hold of any chocolate you may end up with a hefty vet bill over the bank holiday weekend.
Chocolate poisoning is one of the most commonly reported types of animal poisoning, so be extra careful around Easter and keep all chocolate out of reach of pets.
In 2020 we dealt with 90 incidents of poisoned dogs and 227 of poisoned cats.
Other human foods are also a danger to our pets
RSPCA animal welfare expert Dr Jane Tyson said:
If you are worried your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't have, remove them from the source of the poison and please contact your vet immediately for advice.
Never watch and wait in any case of suspected poisoning. The effects can take hold quickly, so knowing the symptoms and how to respond to them can be the difference between life and death.
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.
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 dog treats.
BVA Senior Vice President, Daniella Dos Santos said:
Many of us will be looking forward to indulging over the long Easter weekend, but keep any sweet treats out of reach of curious pets. Chocolate is particularly toxic for dogs who have a hard time metabolising some of the components, and can get very sick from even a small amount.
If you suspect that your pet has eaten chocolate, don't delay in calling your vet first for advice on bringing them into the practice. Your vet will want to know how much chocolate your pet has eaten and what type. If possible, keep any labels and have your pet's weight to hand.
We all want our pets to share in the fun so consider getting a new toy for your dog or simply spending more time with them on walks or playing in the garden.
RSPCA Pet Insurance
Please also consider insuring your pet against unexpected veterinary bills with RSPCA Pet Insurance.
Insuring with RSPCA Pet Insurance means 15% of the price you pay goes to help animals in need who have been rescued or cared for by the RSPCA charity. There is also a 10% multi-pet discount.
RSPCA Pet Insurance also offer free cover for the first four weeks for those who adopt a rescue dog or cat from the RSPCA.