Sweet-toothed Lily, a 14-year-old Parsons Russell Terrier from Gillingham in Kent, needed life-saving treatment after polishing off at least four chocolate Santa decorations from a Christmas tree.
PDSA vets gave her emergency treatment which saved her life, meaning she was home in time to enjoy festive celebrations with her family.
The charity is highlighting Lily’s story to warn pet owners to be extra vigilant this Christmas as many festive treats, including chocolate, can be toxic to pets.
Jenny rushed Lily to the Gillingham PDSA Pet Hospital where she was given a drug to safely make her sick and then medication to prevent her body from absorbing any remaining toxins.
Jenny is encouraging other pet owners to keep chocolate well out of reach of their pet’s paws this Christmas.
Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to most animals including dogs and cats. Signs a pet may have eaten chocolate can include vomiting, diarrhoea, drinking excessively, shaking and restlessness. At higher doses, signs can even progress to an abnormal heart rhythm, raised body temperature, rapid breathing and seizures.
Without rapid treatment, chocolate poisoning can also cause kidney failure and in severe cases, death. Pet owners are urged to contact the vet as soon as you notice your pet’s eaten something they shouldn’t rather than waiting for symptoms, as by the time you see these signs the toxin has already passed into the body.
If you think your pet might have eaten something they shouldn’t, call your vet immediately as they might need urgent treatment, depending on the amount they have eaten.
To help avoid a festive fiasco this Christmas, PDSA has put together a FREE pet survival guide, available to download here: www.pdsa.org.uk/christmasguide