Hot cross bun warning for dog owners after Timmy and Sydney’s near miss

Vets are keen to avoid the traditional spike in cases where beloved pets have to undergo emergency treatment through eating hot cross buns, which can be deadly for dogs because they contain poisonous raisins.

In one case, owner Nicole Hellyer from Camberley in Surrey had to dash to see an emergency vet after four-year-old labrador-cockapoo cross Timmy; and Sydney, her five-year-old Jack Russell, shared a packet of hot-cross buns they found on her worktop.

Nicole Hellyer from Surrey and her dogs Timmy and Sydney, who ate hot cross buns (Vets Now handout/PA)
Nicole Hellyer from Surrey and her dogs Timmy and Sydney, who ate hot cross buns (Vets Now handout/PA)

She said: “Although we have a stair gate on the kitchen, they got in there and Timmy obviously decided to do a bit of counter surfing and helped himself.

“When I got in the floor was covered in mess and when I walked into the bedroom, I found empty wrappers from the hot cross buns.

“I got them straight in the car but although the dogs seemed fine – Timmy seemed full of beans, Sydney was just a little more worse for wear – I was so worried on the drive there.”

The dogs were given an injection to make them sick and were both later well enough to return home.

Ms Hellyer, 35, said: “It’s a real wake-up call as to what can happen, especially as Timmy is a crafty one. I’d warn other owners not to leave hot cross buns around at any time.”

In another case, Amy James-Moore from Winchester, Hampshire, took her 18-month-old labrador Hetty to see the vet after it demolished half a pack of hot cross buns.

Hetty, the 18-month-old labrador, consumed half a packet of hot cross buns (Amy James-Moore/PA)

Ms James-Moore said: “I spotted the bag was empty and the children promised they hadn’t eaten them.

“I knew right away it was bad news.

“The vet made her sick and you could see a huge amount of raisins coming up.

“She was feeling a bit sorry for herself and it was so scary as you just don’t know what might happen.”

Dr Laura Playforth, professional standards director for out-of-hours pet care firm Vets Now, said: “It’s unclear exactly what causes the toxic effects of raisins but just one can kill a susceptible dog so real caution should be taken with foods, like hot cross buns, that contain them.

“The good news is the prognosis for grape and raisin toxicity is generally good if treated early.”

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