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Vets issue Easter warning

Easter warning

Easter is just around the corner, and while we may be looking forward to tucking into plenty of chocolate, your pets will not.

British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned that over half of UK vets treated pets for chocolate poisoning last Easter, with the East Midlands saw the highest average number of cases, with vets in the area seeing two cases of poisoning each on average.

Although awareness about chocolate poisoning is increasing amongst pet owners, the BVA figures show that the majority of vets still see urgent cases because chocolate treats have not been secured out of reach.

Chocolate is toxic because it contains theobromine – a naturally occurring chemical found in cocoa beans which animals excrete much less effectively than humans.

Vet John Blackwell, BVA President, says: “Easter should be a happy time for all the family including loved pets, and BVA urges pet owners to take precautions to ensure that their pet does not become one of the thousands of cases treated for accidental chocolate poisoning, which tragically can sometimes be fatal. The majority of the cases we see are because a pet has accidentally managed to get access to chocolate despite the owner’s best intentions.

“Make sure you know how to contact your vet out of hours and over the bank holiday weekend when opening hours may be different. If you are away from home, use the RCVS’s Find a Vet online service [http://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet/] to find a veterinary practice in an emergency.”

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Cat health

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Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Cats in the home

Can chocolate poison cats?

It's always tempting to treat your cat, but chocolate is toxic and should never be given to pets. Find out why here...

Why do cats need scratch posts?

A scratch post gives your cat a place to stretch and exercise, as well as keeping claws in good condition.

Outdoor cats

Why does my cat eat grass?

Many cats enjoy nibbling on grass, but what should you do if your cat takes it to the extreme?

Can we stop our cat hunting?

Want to stop your cat hunting wildlife? Follow these tips from behaviourist Francesca Riccomini.

Kitten care

Introducing a kitten to an existing cat

Introducing a kitten to an existing cat can be difficult. Make sure you get it right first time.

Adopting the right rescue kitten for you

They may have had a rough start in life, so here’s some advice on making sure adopting a kitten goes smoothly.