#BestForPets Magazine Edition #3 (Spring 2022)

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Low blood pressure



Symptoms of chocolate poisoning The symptoms of theobromine poisoning include:

Cardiac arrest

The dangers of chocolate for pets

Rapid breathing



Increased heart rate

Why not have a go at baking your own treats?

Egg-shaped peanut butter & banana cookie treats for dogs Not only will they find this recipe tasty, it also contains parsley to keep their breath fresh!

Cats are generally less enthusiastic about eating lots of chocolate compared to dogs. This makes it rarer than they will develop chocolate poisoning but it can still happen. Consuming around 20mg per pound of body weight can result in feline chocolate poisoning. Dogs are more at risk, especially given that they will often happily gorge on it. Eating 25g of chocolate has proved lethal for 20kg dogs in the past, especially with dark chocolate. It’s better to avoid giving your pet any access to chocolate to be on the safe side. If you suspect your pet has chocolate poisoning, the best course of action is to get them to the vet as soon as possible and definitely within four hours of the chocolate ingestion. There is no definitive cure for chocolate poisoning and treatment will usually be based on damage limitation. What to do if your cat or dog eats chocolate They may try to induce vomiting to limit the amount of theobromine that can get into your pet’s system, for example.

Many of us will be tucking into chocolate eggs and other sweet treats over the Easter weekend, but you won’t be doing your pets any favours if you offer them some of the goodies. Chocolate and dogs or cats are not a good combination as it can actually be very dangerous (if not lethal) if eaten by your pet. Why is chocolate is dangerous for dogs and cats? The presence of theobromine is the main reason as to why pets cannot safely consume chocolate. Whereas humans can easily break down theobromine down, this is much more difficult for pets. Because of this, pets are much more likely to develop chocolate poisoning. In even small amounts, chocolate can lead to diarrhoea and sickness. It can be much more serious than this though and as a worst case scenario, it could even prove fatal. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous type as it contains more theobromine compared to white chocolate. Milk chocolate is not as risky as dark chocolate but can still be poisonous in the right quantities.

Ingredients: • One mashed banana • 225 grams plain flour • 100 grams dried parsley • Three tablespoons of peanut butter • One egg, beaten

Method: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade and line a baking tray. Thoroughly mix all ingredients and leave to rest for five minutes. You may need to add some extra flour if the mixture seems too wet. Roll out the mixture on a flat, floured surface and cut into egg shapes using a cookie cutter. Bake for around 35 minutes, or until golden, leaving to cool completely before giving to your dog.

Tuna bunny treats for cats It’s no secret that cats love tuna, so why not incorporate one of their favourite foods into treats?

Ingredients: • 175 grams drained tuna in spring water (not brine) • 225 grams plain flour • 220 grams dried polenta or cornmeal (plus extra for sprinkling)

Method: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade and line a baking tray. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until a soft dough forms and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle some dried polenta over a flat surface and roll out the mixture before using a bunny shaped cutter to cut out the cookies. Bake for 15-20 minutes and leave the cool completely before feeding to your cat.

• One egg, beaten • Two tablespoons water



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