Australians are expected to splurge on chocolate this Easter, but the danger isn’t just to our waistlines but also to our furry friends.
New claims data from Medibank Pet Insurance has found there is a spike in claims for chocolate toxicity around Easter time compared to other months during the year.
Claims for chocolate toxicity between March and April 2020 rose almost 200% nationally*.
Medibank Chief Customer Officer David Koczkar said if you’re planning an Easter egg hunt, collect all the chocolate after you’ve finished, to keep it out of reach of those prying paws.
“We all want to enjoy the delights of chocolate and hot cross buns over Easter, but we also need to keep our dogs and cats safe,” he said.
“They can develop upset stomachs and even pancreatitis as a result of snacking on chocolate and may require treatment from a Vet.”
Signs of chocolate toxicity include.
Elevated or abnormal heart rate
If you suspect your dog has ingested any chocolate, contact your Veterinarian immediately.
*Based on Medibank Pet Insurance claims data for chocolate toxicity for the past calendar year 2020.
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