BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Every Christmas, all houses are overloaded on sweet treats, which should work as a warning for pet owners. Chocolate represents a huge risk for dogs, and Christmas is the period with most cases of chocolate poisoning among our canine friends. Make sure you keep an eye on your dog during holidays, so you can be sure you will enjoy spending time with your loved ones without unpleasant events.
Chocolate poisoning always happens during holidays
Chocolate poisoning is common among dogs, as the sweet treat is extremely toxic for them. This is caused by theobromine, a stimulant present in chocolate which resembles caffeine. The substance can cause increased heart rate, dehydration, diarrhea, and sometimes seizures or even death.
To illustrate chocolate poisoning trends among dogs, a team of researchers from the University of Liverpool monitored the intoxication records, and put up a study published in the journal VetRecord. They observed that most cases occur during holidays, which is easy to explain given the high number of treats available in the households.
Most of the times, the dogs ingested small quantities of chocolate, usually coming from treat boxes, chocolate Santas, cake, or liqueurs. Many of these treats were Christmas-related, but Easter represents the next threat on the list.
Carefully hide your chocolate treats from your dogs
Dogs would eat anything they find in their way, and they seem to be especially fond of chocolate. Therefore, you should make sure all the treats are kept out of their reach. This way, you can avoid an unpleasant visit to the vet’s office right in the middle of your holiday celebrations, and you might also save your dog’s life.
The study also revealed that chocolate poisoning occurred more rarely among older dogs, which might mean they are more disciplined. Also, there’s no breed at a higher risk than the others. Most cases of ingestion were at no toxic levels, as the dogs only ate few chocolate, but you still have to be careful where you keep your holiday treats.
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