Dogs Trust

Our Springtime Survey

If you’re visiting this page, and you have completed our Springtime Survey already, thank you so much! If not and you’d like to help us by answering some questions to help us shape future campaigns, you can take part HERE.

If you’re curious about the correct answers to some of the questions in the survey, then keep scrolling to find out more. If you haven’t taken it yet, please take the survey first and come back and read the answers later!


Toxic Threats to our Canine Companions

The following foods or plants commonly seen at this time of year can be a health risk for our furry friends, so please, keep them away from curious canines!

  • Chocolate
  • Raisins (which are found in hot cross buns)
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Shallots
  • Avocado
  • Cooked meat bones (they can splinter and cause gastrointestinal issues)
  • Xylitol (E967) – a sweetener
  • Raw yeast dough
  • Daffodils (the flowers, bulbs or even water from a vase are toxic if ingested)
  • Bluebells (harmful if eaten in quantities)

Please note that this list is not exhaustive, for a more comprehensive list, please see HERE.


Signs of poisoning in dogs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tender abdomen
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excitability
  • Racing heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Tremors, or in severe cases, seizures


If you think your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t, regardless of whether they are exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please immediately contact your vet. The sooner veterinary intervention happens, they better your dogs’ chance of making a full recovery. Most practices will have an emergency out of hours number to call if they are not open at the time, so we always recommend storing this in your phone, just in case.


All of this doesn’t mean that your dog has to miss out on Easter fun though! Stay tuned and keep an eye on our blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some fun Easter recipes and ideas! 🐰