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.
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Posted on March 26, 2009 by marcthevet
ThePet.net is very proud to support the National Skin Health Survey, launched by Yumega-makers Lintbells in response to the massive recent surge in skin enquiries they’ve received.
According to Yumega, a potentially harmful combination of climatic conditions, centrally-heated environments and, most significantly, diet has the greatest impact on skin and coat health but the extent of the effect on our nation’s pets is unknown.
The National Skin Health Survey will help to reveal the true scale of the problem affecting the nation’s pets, many of which are thought to be suffering in silence.
Take the survey now>>
We’ve given our full ThePet.net support to the National Skin Health Survey as we are keen to highlight worthwhile projects that encourage owner-feedback to improve the health and welfare of our nation’s pets.
Lintbells is conducting two online surveys, one for dogs and one for cats and comprise just a few questions that won’t take very long to answer and can be found by clicking here .
Owners taking part will also have the chance to win a range of prizes including tickets to the Ultimate Pet Show at the NEC Birmingham and Yumega omega 3 & 6 supplements.
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