Pet owners have been urged not to let their animals get at any Christmas chocolates over the festive season after a diabetic dog almost died from his sweet tooth.
Donald, a Dachshund, was treated with pet medication at the Blue Cross’s Merton animal hospital last Christmas.
Owner Margaret Nally said: “I had left the chocolates on the table and they weren’t even opened but somehow Donald got up there, ripped open the packaging and ate the lot.
“ I knew chocolate was toxic for dogs so I immediately took him to The Blue Cross hospital where they made him sick and put him on a drip.”
Donald was given emergency treatment with activated charcoal in order to absorb the toxins in chocolate.
Earlier this week, vets at the hospital removed a number of chocolate coin wrappers from a dog’s stomach. They are thought to have been there since last Christmas.