‘DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS’: QLD GOVERNMENT AND RSPCA ISSUE WARNING TO DOG OWNERS IN THE STATE AHEAD OF THE EASTER BREAK
Source: Sky News (Extract)
Posted: April 6, 2023
Dog owners in Queensland have been issued a warning by the state government ahead of Easter to avoid a “downright dangerous” situation.
The Queensland government has teamed up with the RPSCA to issue a warning to dog owners in the state ahead of the Easter break.
In a statement released on Thursday, Queenslanders were advised to ensure chocolates are kept well away from dogs to avoid a “downright dangerous” situation.
Dog owners were told carob is a safe alternative for their pets as opposed to chocolate which contains theobromine and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
“Theobromine can cause a range of problems in domestic animals because it triggers the release of adrenaline, which can lead to a greatly accelerated heart rate and an irregular heartbeat,” RSPCA Chief Veterinarian Dr Anne Chester said.
“Pets can vomit, suffer diarrhoea and excessive urination and become hyperactive. This can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and death.
“But they aren’t the only danger at Easter – hot cross buns (due to raisins and sultanas), onions, grapes, cooked bones, fatty barbecue leftovers and corn cobs, can all cause major implications for your pet’s health.”
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner stressed the importance of keeping chocolate in a place that a dog cannot sneakily eat it.
Mr Furner also said dog owners should seek immediate veterinary advice for their pets if they suspect chocolate has been consumed.
“Chocolate is delicious for humans but downright dangerous for dogs,” Mr Furner said.
“Just before Easter is the perfect time for parents to remind young kids that it’s great to share chocolates with siblings – but not the family dog.
“Also make sure chocolate isn’t left somewhere your dog might be able to snatch it.
“If you think your dog has eaten chocolate you should seek immediate veterinary advice, it could save your pet’s life.”
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