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Valentine’s Day & Your Pets!

While you are busy enjoying chocolates from your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, remember to keep them away from the other loves in your life…the four-legged ones!

Chocolate is harmful to dogs for a few reasons. The amount of sugar in chocolate is enough to cause vomiting and diarrhea. If your dog already has a sensitive stomach, it can cause pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the pancreas gland. The main concern with chocolate is the ingredient theobromine. The higher the percentage of cocoa, the more theobromine it contains, so dark chocolate contains more than milk chocolate and is more toxic to your dog.

The following is a guideline regarding chocolate toxicity – always call us first. We have special charts that can let you know whether to be concerned or not following chocolate ingestion!
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Milk Chocolate

100gm bar
10lb dog: Severe toxicity
30lb dog: Mild toxicity
60lb dog: Mild toxicity

Dark Chocolate

99gm bar
10lb dog: Severe toxicity
20lb dog: Severe toxicity
30lb dog: Moderate toxicity

Treatment depends on how much chocolate was ingested. When calling the clinic, be ready to tell us the approximate weight of your pet, how much was ingested and when. Mild cases will often be treated easily. We medically induce your pet to vomit and then administer a charcoal treatment. The charcoal absorbs any theobromine left. Moderate to severe cases will need to be hospitalized on IV fluids and monitored for worsening symptoms.

Mild Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Moderate to Severe Symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Salivation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Twitching
  • Seizures
  • Death

We are only a quick phone call away if there is a chocolate emergency. If it happens to be after our clinic is closed, you can call either the WCVM at 306-966-7126 or the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661. Both have operators 24/7 to assist with emergency needs!

Written by Raeanne Boyd, RVT

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Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we can continue providing our full range of services, under certain restrictions. As our province enters the next phase of the reopening plan, we have some updates to share with you about our safety measures.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Sunday: CLOSED

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Cumberland Veterinary Clinic