<iframe src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-PK9D66" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden" title="gtm-frame"></iframe>Tips for a Pet Friendly Easter | Agria Pet Insurance
03330 30 10 00
Get a quote
My AccountGet a quote
Get a quote

Back to Guides and advice

Tips for a pet friendly Easter

This is a wonderful time of year for all the family. The children are off school, the weather is starting to warm up and there is loads of yummy chocolate about! To keep it a Happy Easter for the furry members of your family there are some things you should be aware of
Tips for a pet friendly Easter


Chocolate is toxic to dogs, even a small amount could be enough to kill. Plain chocolate and cocoa powder are the most dangerous and can cause seizures, liver damage and death.

Agria’s Senior Veterinary Advisor, Robin Hargreaves, says, “Chocolate can be very toxic to dogs. It varies how toxic, but the better quality the chocolate, the more toxic it is. Quite simply, if your dog has any chocolate at all, do not take a risk - you’ve got to take it very seriously.”

Don’t wait for symptoms of chocolate poisoning to appear before contacting your vet - it can take up to 24 hours. But if you spot your dog with any of the following and suspect they may have eaten some chocolate, 

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Drinking more than normal
  • Peeing more than usual
  • Being unusually excited and restless
  • Stomach pain

After these initial symptoms, your dog may then:

  • Start panting or breathing rapidly
  • Shake or tremble
  • Have a high temperature (fever)
  • Experience a seizure
  • Have an increased heartbeat
  • Suffer heart failure, coma and even death

Always take chocolate poisoning seriously and always seek immediate veterinary advice.

As an Agria customer, if you suspect your dog has ingested any chocolate at all then use the Agria app for free advice. They can help you work out if your dog has had a toxic dose of chocolate. If your pet ingests any part of a daffodil, a bluebell or ivy then get in contact with your vet as these also can be toxic.


Lilies are poisonous to cats. For some cats, even just being in the same room as a lily could be enough to cause a toxic reaction. The signs can range from vomiting and lethargy to drinking lots of water but not passing much urine. If there is a chance your cat has come into contact with this, as a flower in a vase or as a plant, then get in contact with your vet as soon as you can, any delay in seeking veterinary attention could result in kidney failure and even death.  More Spring time dangers are slug pellets, insecticides and anti-histamines, these can all be toxic to cats and can cause a very severe reaction.

Rabbits are delicate creatures and the tiniest amount of chocolate, bread, avocado or potato will cause severe illness, any ingestion of these foods should be treated as an emergency.

All of this sounds quite depressing but just make sure you keep the Easter Eggs and Spring time bouquets out of reach and everyone will have a Happy Easter!

Previous article

Tackling common canine phobias

Next article

Well fed muscles, how does a good diet impact musculoskeletal health

Related guides and advice

Follow us

  • Cookie policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • UK tax policy
  • Terms and conditions
  • Modern slavery statement

For UK customers:
Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register Number 496160. Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is registered and incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 04258783. Registered office: First Floor, Blue Leanie, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 7QW. Agria insurance policies are underwritten by Agria Försäkring who is authorised and regulated by the Prudential Regulatory Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

For Jersey customers:
Agria Pet Insurance Ltd is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission (JFSC). Ref: 0001498. Registered office: As detailed above.

For Guernsey customers:
Clegg Gifford Channel Islands Limited is licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Ref: 2722221. Registered office: Admiral House, Place Du Commerce, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 2AT.

© 2024 Agria Pet Insurance Ltd. All Rights Reserved.