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Think about animals this Easter!

Think about animals this Easter

With Easter just around the corner Arthur Lodge Veterinary Group is urging pet owners to think about the potential pet hazards of substances commonly found around the home and garden during Spring, particularly chocolate and daffodils.

Julian Peters, owner of Arthur Lodge Veterinary Group which receives a heightened number of poisoned casualties caused by seasonal items such as chocolate, daffodils and even hot cross buns.

Julian commented: "The main concern is for dog owners who simply don't know the risks. Just like humans, dogs actually love the taste of chocolate and will happily eat an entire Easter Egg if they can get their paws on one and it can be deadly if consumed in high quantities. Furthermore, daffodils can be extremely dangerous especially if a dog decides to dig up and consume the bulb of the plant; even the water the flowers stand in can cause stomach upset if drunk."

Facts to consider

Chocolate poisoning facts:

  • Large amounts of chocolate can poison dogs and other pets due to the toxic effects of theobromine, a component of chocolate similar to caffeine.
  • The effects of chocolate poisoning in dogs usually appears within six to 12 hours of ingestion and can last as long as 72 hours.
  • Initial signs can include excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhoea abdominal tenderness and restlessness. This can then progress to hyperactivity, tremors, abnormal heart rate, hyperthermia and rapid breathing.
  • In severe cases there are fits, heart beat irregularities, coma or even death.

Daffodil poisoning facts:

  • Daffodil bulbs are the most toxic part of this plant. They contain chemicals called alkaloids and glycosides which are hazardous to pets. These chemicals are present in all parts of the flower, but most concentrated in the bulb.
  • The lethal dose can be as low as 15g of bulbs - this could be as little as just one bulb!
  • Even the water the daffodils stand in is toxic and can cause stomach upsets in pets if drunk.

Raisin/Sultana poisoning facts:

  • Ingestion can cause kidney failure in dogs, and potentially other animals too. The amount which can cause problems seems to be very variable.
  • Some dogs have eaten large amounts and developed no effects, while others have gone into kidney failure after ingesting a small handful of raisins or grapes.

If you would like further information, the Arthur Lodge team are always on hand to offer advice. They can be contacted on 01403 252964 or alternatively pop into the surgery based on Arthur Road, Horsham for a chat.

Arthur Lodge Veterinary Surgery
17 Brighton Road, Horsham
West Sussex, RH13 5BE
Tel: 01403 252964

Downs Link Veterinary Surgery
16 Lintot Square, Fairbank Road
Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex
RH13 9LA, Tel: 01403 732219

Ash Barn Veterinary Surgery
Unit 5, Ockley Court Farm
Coles Lane, Ockley, Surrey, RH5 5LS
Tel: 01306 713177

White Horse Veterinary Surgery
226 Crawley Road, Roffey
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4HE
Tel: 01403 249902