14th November 2016
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One of the UK's leading holistic vets, Barbara Jones, principal at Oakwood Vets in Whittington, is asking pet owners to take extra care during the Christmas season to prevent pets suffering from chocolate toxicity.

“Christmas can be a wonderful time for families and pets, but we need to be aware of the potential for harm to pets from chocolate, and dried fruits, both of which are prevalent around this time. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which can be toxic to cats and dogs.

Dogs especially are likely to sniff out and eat chocolate, left under the tree for example, so please take care to place such items in a safe place.

As well as the dangers of toxicity, she also makes a plea to those looking at buying kittens and puppies around Christmas to consider delaying till the festivities are over. “Christmas is a very busy, excitable time, with lots to do, and often there is not the time to spend with new kittens and puppies needing a lot of care, attention and training.

Oakwood's suggestion would be that the introduction of a pet to a new household takes place when things are quieter. This is will greatly reduce the stress for the pet, not to mention the owners.

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