Easter candy sales are expected to be 5-7% higher in 2022 compared to 2021, according to new data released on how Americans plan to celebrate Easter. 

Veterinarians from BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital are issuing a warning for pet owners ahead of Easter, fearing a higher-than-usual uptick in chocolate toxicity cases. BluePearl, which has over 100 pet hospitals across the U.S. that see more than 1.2 pets annually, sees an approximate 321% increase in chocolate toxicity cases on Easter each year. However, according to new data released by the National Confectioners Association, Easter candy sales are expected to be 5-7% higher in 2022, which could bring even more pets into the veterinary ER. 

Spring represents one of the busiest times of the year for BluePearl, as together our hospitals see tens of thousands of pet emergencies, with many of these emergencies relating to chocolate toxicity or other food related illnesses,” remarked Dr. James Barr, Chief Medical Officer at BluePearl. “Millions of Jellybeans and chocolate bunnies sold this time each year, so it is important pet owners understand the risks posed to pets when bringing these goodies into their homes. Even a small amount of some of these candies can be harmful or even fatal for our furry companions.” 

While jellybeans and chocolate are sweet treats for humans, they are not safe for dogs. Jellybeans may contain poisonous ingredients such as xylitol or caffeine, and chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Although Easter is a wonderful time for the whole family, it is critical to follow medical advice to ensure you do not spend your Easter at the emergency vet hospital. 

Follow these expert tips to keep Fido safe this Easter: 

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