Can Dogs Eat Easter Eggs? (Warning)

A chocolate Easter egg and a dog sitting looking at it
Easter Eggs are toxic to dogs

Easter eggs fill the shelves once a year, and as part of being a responsible dog owner, we need to make sure we do our very best for our dogs. Shops will sell millions of Easter eggs all over the world. Let’s find out if dogs can have Easter eggs.

Chocolate Easter eggs are highly toxic to dogs because they contain theobromine and caffeine. Both of these substances can pose a severe risk to your dog’s health if eaten in large quantities.

If you believe your dog has consumed a relatively large amount of Easter egg, you must monitor them closely and watch for any out of character symptoms. If any show, you should seek veterinary attention. If your dog is pregnant, young or has a pre-existing medical condition, you should seek veterinary attention immediately.

However, this depends on how much chocolate the dog has consumed and how your dog’s size affects the toxicity limitations.

So we know that dogs must not be treated with Easter eggs. Even the tiniest amount can cause problems for your dog, especially if you have a toy dog or a miniature sized dog. Keep Easter eggs out of sight from your dog to avoid any risk to your dog’s health. Let’s find out why Easter eggs are so poisonous to dog’s and what symptoms to watch out for.

Easter Eggs

Easter eggs, also known as Paschal eggs, are generally made out of chocolate. Be it dark, white, or milk chocolate and they all contain two toxic substances called theobromine and caffeine. They are gifts shared among family and friends during the season Eastertide or Paschaltide.

Theobromine

Theobromine is toxic to dogs, affecting the central nervous system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system. Theobromine is found in Easter eggs, leaves of a tea plant, coffee and the kola nut.

  • The lethal dose of theobromine is 100-500 mg/kg of body weight in dogs. 

Caffeine

Caffeine is a stimulant and is highly toxic to dogs. Caffeine affects the nervous system and the heart in lethal doses.

Easter Egg Toxicity Symptoms

  • Sickness
  • Vomiting blood
  • Excessive thirst
  • Hyperirritability 
  • High heart rate
  • excessive panting
  • Incoordination
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Muscle twitching
  • Seizures
  • Death

When you should seek veterinarian attention straight away and not wait for symptoms to occur:

  • Pregnant dogs
  • Puppies
  • Health issues such as diabetes or pancreatitis

What shall I do? My dog just ate an Easter egg?

Firstly don’t panic if your dog has had some chocolate work out roughly how much your dog has eaten. Depending on your dog’s size and weight, it will make a difference in how much their body can and can’t handle. The symptoms usually start in dogs from 30 minutes onwards, so be on the lookout for any toxicity signs and seek vets help as soon as possible.

Alternative

Yes, it’s real, Rosewood pet range does chocolate easter eggs made for dogs. Made with Carob, the dog-friendly alternative to chocolate. Risk-free, no panic!

Easter egg for a dog
dog-friendly alternative to chocolate – made for dogs

Conclusion

Easter eggs are highly toxic to dogs, keep them out of reach and enjoy them all for yourself. 

Happy Easter and Happy Dog Parenting!

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