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    Don’t have a ruff Easter – keep chocolate eggs away from your pets

    Kids eating Easter eggs

    Australians are encouraged to keep their pets safe this Easter after Medibank pet insurance claims data found there is a spike in claims for chocolate toxicity around Easter time.

    The number of claims for chocolate toxicity in March and April 2023 was double the yearly average.

    Medibank Chief Customer Officer Milosh Milisavljevic said if you’re planning an Easter egg hunt with the kids, keep your pets away and make sure you collect all the chocolate after you’ve finished.

    “Every Easter, we see a sharp spike in claims for chocolate toxicity, so we want to remind everyone to keep chocolate eggs away from your pets," Mr Milisavljevic said.

    “Cats and dogs can develop upset stomachs and even pancreatitis as a result of sneaking some chocolate and may require treatment from a vet.”

    Claims for chocolate toxicity range from $350 to $3,500, depending on the level of severity.

    Signs of chocolate toxicity include:

    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Restlessness
    • Increased urination
    • Tremors
    • Elevated or abnormal heart rate
    • Seizures

    Symptoms of chocolate poisoning will usually show within six to 12 hours but could appear within one hour.

    If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, contact your veterinarian immediately. If you know your dog has eaten chocolate, act immediately and don't wait for the signs to appear.

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