While you may assume the Hot Cross Buns are an innocent treat that your dogs can nibble on this Easter, think again.
While many dog owners worry about their pup consuming chocolate eggs, an expert animal nutritionist has revaled that they should also be wary of fruit-filled Hot Cross Buns.
The popular Easter treat contains items toxic to animals such as raisins, sultanas, lemon zest and the spice nutmeg.
“There have been some good advice campaigns in recent years about the risks posed by chocolate to dogs. But other toxic foodstuffs are potentially less well known. And hot cross buns in particular may be extremely dangerous to pets." Jennifer Dean,animal nutritionist with pet food brand Webbox Natural, says.
“Raisins and sultanas found in the snacks can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs, and cats." she continued.
“The precise reasons why are still not clear, but there’s a toxic agent in the fruit that can also lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and extreme lethargy."
“Some hot cross buns will also contain lots of nutmeg. Unfortunately that spice contains a compound called Myristicin which can poison dogs if consumed in large amounts – such as if your pet were to raid your baked goods."
“In extreme cases dogs can experience hallucinations, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain, and even seizures."