Easter is a time for celebrations, chocolate and bank holiday weekends, but pet owners nationwide are being reminded that while the Easter holidays are fun for the family, there are potentially life-threatening dangers for our pets.
In the UK, 13 million (46%) households are pet owners*. Mislaid Easter eggs can be a tempting treat for the family’s four-legged friends, but theobromine, a chemical found in chocolate, is highly poisonous to dogs.
Latest figures from Debenhams Pet Insurance show that a third of all claims for pets ingesting chocolate fall over the Easter month with the average cost of a claim being just over £300. **
In one case Hudson, a beagle, ate an Easter egg and was rushed to the vet’s for treatment. Owner Debera said: “It is easy to forget how something as nice as a chocolate Easter eggs can cause dogs to become so ill and even die. When the worst happened and Hudson found Easter eggs left in the bedroom it was such a comfort to not have to worry about the cost of the vet, especially when we had to use an emergency out of hour’s service on Good Friday.
I found Hudson licking his lips with pleasure and as I was aware of the dangers of dogs eating chocolate I was able to take action straight away and avoid some very nasty symptoms and focus on his recovery.”
Director of Debenhams Personal Finance, Mike Hazell, said: “Sadly, we do see an increase in claims over Easter, usually down to mischievous dogs getting their paws on the family’s stash of Easter eggs. It is useful to remind pet owners that this tasty treat is potentially life threatening for their pets, so where possible make sure that Easter eggs are stored out of the reach of hungry pooches.”
Hazell added: “While some pet owners believe Pet Insurance can be an unnecessary expense, it is clear that when the worst happens, pet insurance is essential. With cover starting from just a couple of pound a week, peace of mind really is cheaper than most people think.”
Notes to Editors:
* Source PFMA commission
** Source Debenhams Pet Insurance and figure is an average of all claims made in 2015
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning for pets include:
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