Foods your pet should avoid this Easter

Your four-legged friends can’t handle these festive treats.
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It can be hard to say no to puppy dog eyes or a paw to the hand by a feline friend, but resist giving in as it could put their wellbeing in danger.

Ensure your pets stay healthy this Easter by avoiding these potentially fatal foods.


It’s Easter, so chocolate will be everywhere and while it may satisfy our sweet-tooth cravings, many dogs and cats are lactose intolerant. Chocolate also contains theobromine which can be toxic to animals and may cause cramps, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, seizures, vomiting and, in some instances, death.

Hot Cross Buns

It’s an Easter favourite but the delectable sweet bun containing currents, raisins and sultanas is toxic to dogs and can wreak havoc on their kidneys. Common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and increased drinking.

Foil, wrappers and basket fillers

They aren’t edible to begin with, but when has that ever stopped an inquisitive or hungry pet? Dispose of chocolate wrappers and pieces of plastic grass or ribbon which, if consumed, could obstruct your pet’s stomach and airways. These items may also need to be surgically removed.


Good Friday is when fish will be plentiful and, while a small amount of fish is fine for pets, a diet comprised entirely of canned, cooked or raw fish can lead to a vitamin B deficiency. This can result in loss of appetite, seizures and death. Fish also contains small bones which can obstruct airways.


Contact your vet immediately if you suspect your cat or dog has eaten any of these items. Quick action can be the difference between life and death. Also, try to determine how much they have eaten to assist in treatment.

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The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.