Posted on April 10, 2009 by marcthevet
ThePet.net‘s co-founder and vet Marc Abraham offers this advice:
We all know that on this festive weekend chocolate Easter eggs are a naughty lure to us humans but for any nosey pooch it could prove to be a fatal temptation.
Dogs ingesting even the smallest quantities of chocolate can suffer severe life-threatening seizures and in the worst-case scenarios even death; especially in smaller dogs like Chihuahuas – which ironically are more likely to be treated by their owners!
Chocolate contains both theobromine and caffeine, chemicals having dangerous effects on our pets’ internal organs; while humans have the metabolism to cope with these chemicals, dogs do not.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning in your dog can include hyperactivity, agitation, breathlessness, vomiting, diarrhoea and increased urination.
So please don’t forget the hazardous aspects of Easter. There are much higher levels of dangerous Theobromine in darker chocolate but all types of chocolate should be avoided at all times.
As well as symptoms of poisoning, chocolate can also lead to other life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis, diabetes and obesity.
Furthermore if you know your dog has eaten chocolate by mistake don’t wait for the symptoms to develop. Contact your vet immediately where your dog can receive all the necessary treatment it may need.
Filed under: Advice | Tagged: Animal welfare, Chocolate, dogs, Easter, Health | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 26, 2009 by andrewseel
Older rescue-dogs charity Oldies Club is celebrating older dogs by holding a fundraising photo competition especially for dogs aged seven and over and there is only two days left to enter your dog’s picture!
ThePet.net co-founder vet Marc Abraham is one of the judges, alongside fellow dog-lovers Brian Blessed and Victoria Stilwell!
The winning pooch will get to represent Oldies Club for the following year. The only rule for this competition is that dogs entering need to be veterans, they do not necessarily need to be rescue dogs.
Oldies Club is a lovely charity that rescues and re-homes older dogs via a network of foster homes and works with other rescue centres to publicise the plight of their older dogs too.
Oldies Club has divided the UK up into 7 regions (North East, North West, South East, South West, Midlands, Scotland and Wales. The winner of each region will go forward to the Grand Final.
As well as becoming the face of Oldies Club for 2009/10 the winner will also win a dog bed worth up to £50 kindly donated by Kudos Pet Products and a signed copy of Pet Photography Now! by Paul Walker of Paws Pet Photography.
For information on how to enter your dog for the ‘Woof Factor’ here
Filed under: Campaign, Competition | Tagged: Animal rescue, brian blessed, Competition, dogs, Older dogs, Oldies Club, Rescue centres, rescue dogs, victoria stilwell, woof factor | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 6, 2009 by andrewseel
It’s day two of Crufts and we’ve already had a very exciting and tiring time up here in Birmingham. We have met some lovely people and would just like to thank everyone who has travelled from far and wide to enjoy this wonderful event and popped in to say hi to us at ThePet.net stand.
Toy and Utility Dog day today has been great fun, and we have all loved watching the dogs strut their stuff in the ring.
Here are some of the photos we have taken so far, so even if you couldn’t make it, you can get a taster of some of all the fun we have been having.
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Posted on March 6, 2009 by andrewseel
Are you at your wits end with your pet’s behaviour? Are they are a source of embarrassment and you don’t know where to turn?
We’ve just had Naomi and Victoria from BBC/Twenty Twenty TV on ThePet.net stand at Crufts. They’re producing a new BBC show and are looking for pet owners to take part. All creatures are wanted – dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and more exotic too!!
So if this sounds like you give them a call on 07505 883 514 or drop them an email email@example.com – they’re lovely as you can see from the picture here.
Filed under: In the media | Tagged: BBC, behaviour, birds, cats, dogs, exotic, rabbits, TV | Leave a Comment »