Tails up for Easter egg vigilance

Published Saturday, 30 March, 2024 at 10:30 AM

Minister for Treaty, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Minister for Communities and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

Dog owners are urged to be vigilant around dogs and chocolate this long weekend for a ‘pawsitively’ enjoyable Easter for you and your family’s furry friends.

Whether it’s eggs, bunnies or bilbies, chocolate will hop into Queensland homes in all shapes and sizes this Easter, and all of it contains theobromine.

As the principal alkaloid of chocolate’s essential ingredient - the cacao bean - theobromine is perfectly safe for humans, but dangerous to dogs.

Theobromine targets dogs’ nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

In dogs of all breeds and agility, chocolate poisoning can cause restlessness, hyperactivity, trembling, vomiting, diarrhea, increased heart rate and seizures.

Other human Easter treats such as hot cross buns, avocado, onions, salt, grapes, tomatoes and alcohol can also leave dogs feeling decidedly ‘ruff’.

Queenslanders should seek immediate veterinary advice if they suspect their four-legged companion has ‘woofed’ down even a small amount of chocolate.

Quotes attributable to Communities Minister Leeanne Enoch:

“Queenslanders owe it to the canine members of the family to put chocolate up high and out of paws’ reach to keep dogs safe, and tails up, this Easter.

“One of the biggest risks for our four-legged, furry friends at this time of year is the family Easter egg hunt. 

“Doing a sweep of the yard after an Easter egg hunt for any unfound chocolate that could be sniffed out by the family dog is absolutely critical.

“Easter is a wonderful opportunity to bring family and friends together, but the last place anyone wants to be is at the emergency vet with a very sick and distressed pet.”

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Scott Stewart:

“Easter is a particular risk for dogs because there is often a lot more chocolate around, so it is important to be vigilant.

“It is vitally important to seek veterinary advice immediately if there is suspicion that a dog has consumed chocolate.

“By being aware of these risks and taking preventive measures, families can ensure a safe and enjoyable Easter holiday for both humans and their furry companions.”

Quotes attributable to RSPCA Queensland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Anne Chester.

“Definitely keep chocolate and hot cross buns away from pets. They have ingredients that are toxic.

“Chocolate poisoning is a problem that occurs mainly in dogs but also occurs occasionally in cats or other animals.

“Theobromine concentration varies in different types of chocolate. Cocoa powder, baking chocolate and dark chocolate all contain higher levels and the impact on pets can depend on their size and the amount of chocolate they ingest.”

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