Many of us have heard the saying “chocolate isn’t good for dogs” but do you truly know the effects it can have on your pets?
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Some chocolates contain a substance called Theobromine which is in the same family as caffeine. Theobromine works on the central nervous, cardio vascular and kidney systems. It also causes a slight increase to the blood pressure.
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Dogs and certain other animals like, cats can’t, metabolise the substance as fast as us humans, and so in these species the toxicity level will then be higher. Depending on the size of your pet and the amount of chocolate consumed will mean different effects. Side effects can be noticed 4 – 24 hours after consumption and the main symptoms of high toxicity levels will be diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, muscle twitching and a rapid heartbeat.
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If your pets show any of the above – mentioned symptoms then an appointment to see your vet would be advised.
It’s hard to say no to those adorable begging eyes, so keep some healthy pet treats around the house. You can even get “chocolate” (Carob) covered dog biscuits if he really needs to feel a part of the festivities.