Death by chocolate

This long weekend will see chocolate consumption increase in many Queensland households, but it’s important our four-legged friends don’t get in on the Easter egg action.

It’s a well-known fact that chocolate is dangerous for dogs and cats, but it isn’t the only human food that fur-babies should avoid.

Animal Welfare League Queensland Vet Doctor Theresia Andersen said there were many foods perfectly safe for humans to eat that could be fatal for pets.

“Some of the more common foods we know our pets should avoid include onions and garlic which can be toxic for dogs,” Doctor Andersen said.

“Fruits which make the list include avocados and grapes as well as the cores of most fruit including apples, plums, peaches and apricots.

“Pets should never be given caffeine or alcohol, I hope no one would anyway!”

Doctor Andersen said some other foods may not be fatal for dogs, but if consumed can make them very unwell.

“It’s often the same foods that can react with some humans also make our pets sick. Excessive dairy, especially cheese can make a dog very unwell,” she said.

“Too much bread or other products containing yeast is also dangerous.

“Like humans, pets should also limit their intake of salt and sugar.

“And unfortunately, one which many people are accidentally guilty of is bacon. Bacon and other fatty meat offcuts can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.”

If your dog or cat consumes one of these products, contact your vet as soon as possible. To see if your pet is eligible for RACQ Pet Insurance contact 13 1905 or visit the RACQ website.