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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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The Tucker Trial Video

With only 3,200 wild tigers left on earth, money raised from the event will aim to stop the senseless slaughter of tigers by significantly increasing the anti-poaching patrols on the ground, support undercover work to trap and prosecute illegal traders, and educate people to stop using tiger parts in medicine. It is hoped that the power of our combined voices will be used to pressure governments at home and overseas, and to increase the numbers of tigers in the wild.

Celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Mel C, Sir Roger Moore, Gemma Atkinson, Abi Titmuss, Stephen Fry and Susan Sarandon have already put their name to the campaign at www.isupport.tigertime.info

Joanna says: 'If the tiger disappears from the wild because of our behaviour we humans shall have lost all claims to be called civilised and compassionate. The greatest enemy is indifference. Please join TigerTime right now to help to save the lives and habitat of these magnificent creatures. This is extremely urgent. The clock is ticking: real time is running out.'

For more information visit www.davidshepherd.org and www.tigertime.info

Cat health

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Many cases of diarrhoea are mild and short-lived, only lasting for a few days, and will resolve on their own.

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

How to entertain indoor cats

All cats need exercise, entertainment and stimulation, particularly those who don't have outdoor access.

How do I keep my cat's scratch post clean?

How to keep my cat's scratch post clean

Cats use their scratching post a lot, especially if they spend most of their time indoors. But how do you keep them clean?

Outdoor cats

How can I make a cat hideaway?

A cat hideaway can provide a much-loved retreat for your cat. Graham Strong explains how to make your garden cat friendly.

Creating an outdoor water fountain

Provide an outdoor water fountain and cat-friendly trees to climb, says garden expert Graham Strong.

Kitten care

Why is my kitten such a fussy eater?

Kittens fed a variety of foods after being weaned from their mother will develop varied tastes. 

Our kitten bullies our older cat!

Is your kitten too boisterous for your older cat? Read on for advice from behaviourist Francesca Riccomini.