It’s that time of year again, and while adults and kids alike love advent calendars, it is important to remember the dangers they pose to our furry friends.
Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs and cats. Generally speaking, the darker and more expensive the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains, and therefore the more poisonous it is.
White chocolate contains very little theobromine and is therefore the least dangerous chocolate for your fur-baby, however it is still fatty and can make your pet ill.
Initial signs of chocolate poisoning include sickness, diarrhoea and twitching. These signs can develop into tremors, fitting and cause heart problems. Severe cases of chocolate poisoning can be fatal, so if you are concerned, call your vet immediately.
If you think your pet may have consumed chocolate, it helps to have the wrapper and weight of the chocolate to hand when calling your vet.
You can ensure your dog isn’t missing out on the fun that advent calendars bring buy purchasing them a dog friendly alternative. We found a few options available online…
Fish4Dogs stock a fabulous advent calendar with fishy grain free treats behind each window. The £7.50 Advent calendar, which includes squid bites, mackerel morsels and jerky squares, can be purchased via their website here.
Pet food giants, ‘Lily’s Kitchen’ have ‘Christmas Spectacular’ Advent calendars available for both cats and dogs this winter. You can find these on the ‘Pets at Home’ website here, priced at £10.00.
If you’re on a slightly smaller budget, you can find dog advent calendars at Tesco for just £3.00.
Throughout the Christmas period, ensure that all chocolate products are out of reach, including wrapped selection boxes hiding under the tree.