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Easter warning for pet owners

Chocolate is the main cause of poisonings in dogs. Credit: PA Images

Vets are warning pet owners to keep all chocolate away from their pets this Easter, after revealing it is the main cause of poisonings in dogs.

Pets getting their paws on chocolate means that Easter is the second busiest time of year for cases of chocolate-related poisoning, just behind Christmas.

Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets, said owners sometimes do not realise how sensitive their pets can be to their substances in chocolate.

Chocolate is particularly toxic to dogs, as it contains caffeine and theobromine.

Whether it’s caused by owners giving their pet an Easter egg as a present or the chocolate is accidentally left within their reach, we see an influx of pets suffering from chocolate poisoning at this time of year.

– Dr Huw Stacey, director of clinical services at Vets4Pets