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PDSA warn over 'toxic chocolate'

Thursday, 21st April 2011

As Easter approaches, a large number of people may have large amounts of chocolate in their homes to celebrate the festival.

Due to this fact, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has taken the opportunity to warn owners to only feed their pooch's dog food over the weekend.

Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can put their lives at risk if it is consumed, the charity warned.

Sean Wensley, senior vet surgeon at the PSDA, said: "Easter and chocolate go hand in hand, but people should never feed it to their pets. Every year, vets treat thousands of cases of chocolate poisoning in pets and sadly, for some, the poisoning is fatal.

"Dogs have a keen sense of smell, and many will happily sniff out hidden Easter eggs."

He added that many owners will actively give their dogs chocolate because they are unaware of the risk it poses to their four-legged friend's health.

Easter Sunday will take place this weekend (April 24th).