Is your dog at home more during the coronavirus outbreak? Be extra poison-vigilant

Some dogs might be in the house more during this period of COVID-19, so be aware of poisons in the home, just in case they go searching for their own entertainment...

Poisoning is one of the most common reasons dog owners get in touch with the Pet Health Helpline - a free, 24/7 veterinary phone service for all of our policyholders.

With dogs possibly being kept inside more than ever during the outbreak of coronavirus, owner are advised to be especially vigilant when it comes to keeping them safe from the poisons within the home. Some of the more common food poisons are below:

  • Chocolate – You may be cheering yourself up with a bit of chocolate if you're stuck in isolation, but chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine that dogs can't process. As a rule, the better the quality of chocolate - with a higher cocoa percentage - the worse it is for your dog. All chocolate though can prove toxic and can be fatal, so if your dog has ingested any, contact the Pet Health Helpline for advice.

  • Painkillers – There may be more of these around at the moment due to coronavirus, and over the counter human medicine, like ibuprofen, can cause sickness and diarrhoea, stomach ulcers and even kidney failure in dogs.

  • Grapes, raisins, sultanas and currants - The classic human 'get well' food, grapes and dried fruits will do the opposite to our canine companions. For some, ingestion can cause kidney failure, so keep these types of fruits away from your dog.

  • Onions - Always keep onions away from your dog as they contain a substance that can damage red blood cells and cause anaemia.

For a complete list of foods and other household products that are dangerous to your dog, please click here.

If your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t, contact the Pet Health Helpline immediately for advice.

The Pet Health Helpline, on 03333 321 947 should be used as a first port of call for any health concerns you may have about your pet. They will recommend if you need to go to the vets or not, but the service is not intended to be used in place of going to your vet. If you are very concerned about your pet do not hesitate in going to your vet in the first instance.