PET WARN­ING

West Lothian Courier - - District News -

Fox Red Labrador, Hunter (two) from Brox­burn, and his own­ers, Ol­lie (seven) and Max Weir (five) are call­ing on pet own­ers to be mind­ful of the dan­gers Christ­mas presents pose to their fam­ily pet.

With treats in abun­dance over Christ­mas, pet emer­gency providers, Vets Now, sees a 788 per cent in­crease in choco­late poi­son­ing cases alone over Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day.

Ninety-four per cent of dog own­ers know choco­late is poi­sonous but de­spite this, more than 50 per cent ad­mit that their dog has eaten some.

A third of pet own­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence an emer­gency this fes­tive sea­son, and Vets Now out-of-hours clin­ics and hos­pi­tals will see a 33 per cent surge in calls in the run-up to Christ­mas as wor­ried pet own­ers bat­tle with the un­sus­pect­ing dan­gers of Christ­mas – with ev­ery­thing from ac­ci­den­tal in­ges­tion of raisins and tin­sel to fairy light and can­dle burns. Pic­ture credit: Stu­art Ni­col.

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