With left over Halloween chocolate in houses and tins of chocolate in the shops it is important to ensure chocolate is kept away from pets.
Chocolate contains a chemical called Theobromine that dogs do not tolerate well. White chocolate generally does not represent a risk but milk chocolate and even a relatively small amount of dark chocolate can cause agitation, excitability, tremors, convulsions and problems with the heart.
If you are presented with a patient with suspected theobromine toxicity, vets can call us 24/7 on 02073 055 055.
At VPIS we have a vast amount of information about the chocolate contents of numerous chocolate products and can quickly tell you if the amount ingested is likely to be toxic.
Owners can call our Animal PoisonLine on 01202 50 90 00 for advice on whether you need to take your dog to the vet.