Submitted by Steve on 09:16, 30th Mar, 2024 | 0

This weekend tens of thousands of us across the Bailiwick of Guernsey could be putting your pet at risk at if you feed your pet chocolate intended for people or they manage to find those carefully hidden from the children, as many of us might be planning our Easter Egg Hunts at home.

Across the Bailiwick we are all stocking up Easter Eggs and chocolate as gifts for family and loved ones, but the GSPCA has an important message for pet owners.

Chocolate is highly poisonous to many pets, with dogs being most commonly affected. and many pet owners are still not aware of the risk.  Chocolate contains theobromine, which is similar to caffeine and highly toxic to dogs and other pets. High quality chocolate poses the biggest risk to pets and an average bar of dark chocolate (30-45g) contains enough theobromine to fatally poison a smaller dog.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said: "The GSPCA want to ensure all pet are kept safe this Easter.”

“Dogs as well as humans love the taste of chocolate and with their keen sense of smell they will sniff out hidden Easter eggs putting them at risk."

"In households with pets, chocolate should be stored safely and securely and well out of the reach of paws and children’s hands as they may try and feed it to the pets in the household."

"If you would like to get your pets an animal safe Easter treat please contact your pet retail store where they are likely to have a selection on sale and where you can also get appropriate advice."

“With the Easter bunny getting ready for this weekend at the GSPCA we have 30 rabbits currently in our care needing homes.”

“We have 100’s more animals needing our care and maybe instead of giving eggs this Easter why not think of giving the animals an Easter gift if you can via our donation page or call us on 01481 257261.”

 Lorna Chadwick GSPCA Animal Welfare Manager said "Every year, vets in Guernsey see cases of chocolate poisoning in animals and sadly, for some, the poisoning can be fatal."

"It is important to feed all of our pets a healthy balanced diet and very important that pet owners are vigilant this weekend with the many chocolates that will be around households across the Bailiwick."

"If you are wanting to treat your dog or pet this Easter then there are a wide variety of treats and specifically manufactured dog chocolates that you can buy from a range of retail outlets, but please ensure moderation as an overweight pet is an unhealthy pet."

Steve continued “This Easter we have tours of the GSPCA and to find out more check out .”

On average the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), a national resource which provides information to vets about poisons and associated treatments, receive 150% more calls about chocolate poisoning in the month of Easter than in the following month.  To see more information by the VPIS go to

How to spot chocolate poisoning –

The effects of chocolate poisoning in dogs usually appear within 12 hours and can last up to three days. Initial signs can include excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, a tender tummy and restlessness. These symptoms can then progress to hyperactivity, tremors, abnormal heart rate, hyperthermia and rapid breathing. In severe cases there are fits, heart beat irregularities, coma or even death. 

Any dogs showing these signs the GSPCA advises you get in touch with your vet immediately for advice.

Another common food item in the house to avoid feeding dogs is onions, xylitol (a sweetener found in food), small bones (such as chicken and turkey), grapes and raisins as these too can be toxic or cause health risks to dogs.

If you are a cat owner then please be aware that some cats cannot digest the sugar lactose which is found in cows milk and it is best to feed an alternative.

Each year we hold a number of Dog and Cat First Aid Courses and to find out more check out -


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Upcoming Events we are at and need your help -

Easter Pets Foundation Appeal fund raising for the GSPCA 22nd March – 1st April – Volunteers needed -

GSPCA Easter Guided Tour Saturday 30th March 2024 130pm - 3pm To book please go to

GSPCA Easter Guided Tour Sunday 31st March 2024 130pm - 3pm To book please go to

GSPCA Easter Guided Tour Monday 1st April 2024 130pm - 3pm To book please go to

GSPCA Easter Guided Tour Tuesday 2nd April 2024 130pm - 3pm To book please go to

GSPCA Easter Guided Tour Wednesday 3rd April 2024 130pm - 3pm To book please go to

Tuesday 16th April 2024 630pm Volunteer Induction Evening

Sunday 5th May 2024 - EDABL Seafront Sunday -

GSPCA Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday 19th May 2024

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May 2024 Guernsey Together Festival – to be confirmed

Sunday 9th June 2024 – Arts Seafront Sunday

Wednesday 12th June 2024 630pm Volunteer Induction Evening

Sunday 16th June 2024 - EDABL Seafront Sunday -

Sunday 14th July 2024 – Motor Seafront Sunday -

Tuesday 23rd July 2024 630pm Volunteer Induction Evening

Summer Tours – to be confirmed

Sunday 28th July 2024 - EDABL Seafront Sunday -

Saturday 10th August 2024 – South Show -

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August 2024 – West Show -

Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August 2024 – North Show -

Sunday 25th August 2024 - EDABL Seafront Sunday -

Tuesday 10th September 2024 630pm Volunteer Induction Evening

Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th October 2024 - Skipton Swimarathon -

October Half Term Tours – to be confirmed

Tuesday 5th November 2024 630pm Volunteer Induction Evening

Dog First Aid 6.30pm - 8.45pm Tuesday 12th November 2024 - Ref - Dog 12/11

Cat First Aid 6.30pm - 8.45pm Tuesday 19th November 2024 - Ref - Cat 19/11

Christmas Tours – to be confirmed

February 2025 Tours – to be confirmed

Easter 2025 Tours – to be confirmed

Many more events will be added and dates to be confirmed and if you have any events or ideas to please get in touch…………..



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