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contact your veterinary practice immediately if you think your pet has
ingested any of the plants or items referred to in the following lists
SEASONAL CANINE ILLNESS (SCI)
Canine Illness is a mystery illness affecting dogs during the autumn,
which can prove to be fatal. Cases
are generally seen between August and November. SCI can affect dogs
of any size, shape or sex and it causes dogs to become very ill, very
quickly after being walked in woodland. Read
- Dec 02
A KILLER IN YOUR GARDEN!
from article seen in Seadown Veterinary Group Autumn Newsletter.)
member of Seadown’s staff recently read of the death of a young,
fit and healthy dog, which was totally avoidable, if only the owner
bag of cocoa shell mulch was spread on a garden, the type that is used
as a mulch or weed inhibitor and is freely available from garden centres.
This product has an odour, which is irresistible to some dogs, as it
is basically chocolate.
three-year-old Weimaraner bitch ate some and two hours later she was
dead! The post mortem revealed the cause of death was the theobromine
(see below) found in the cocoa shell in her stomach.
packaging bears a small disclaimer, which says, “may be harmful
to animals”, which hardly emphasises the seriousness of the risk.
people are now aware that human chocolate is a poison for dogs, the
dark bitter kind being the worst, but who would think of cocoa mulch
being so deadly.
BEWARE OF CHOCOLATE POISONING!
Courtesy of The Kennel Club
Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine (see above), which
is toxic to dogs. All chocolate and chocolate powders contain this substance,
although some types of chocolate contain more than others - for instance,
dark chocolate contains more than milk or white chocolate. Even relatively
small quantities of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate or cocoa
powder, can have serious effects, so it best to avoid giving chocolate
to dogs altogether. (Doggy choc drops are of course entirely different
and absolutely safe for your dogs.)
your dog does manage to eat a quantity of chocolate, particularly dark
chocolate or cocoa powder, you should seek advice from your vet.
can be found in sugar free gum.
contact your veterinary practice immediately if you think your pet
has ingested any of the plants or items referred to in the above lists