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Dog licks owner’s hands, then suddenly starts having a seizure

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A dog fell critically ill after coming into contact with cocoa butter, a common ingredient in hand creams. Now its owner is warning others about this potential danger.

By Ashley Murphy , 18 Jun 2020

When Sarah Brown's beloved fur baby, Blondie, began having seizures, she didn't have time to think about the cause.

It was a close call, but Blondie pulled through

Instead, she rushed Blondie to the vet, where the dog received emergency treatment.


Blood tests then confirmed that Blondie had suffered a severe allergic reaction to cocoa butter.

Cocoa butter is a common ingredient in many hand creams. And, unfortunately, Sarah had used one of these creams just a few minutes before giving Blondie some strokes and cuddles.

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Sarah decided to share the story on Facebook. She hopes it will prevent other owners from making the same mistake. She even included a picture of the cream she used.


"WARNING DOG OWNERS,"  posted Sarah. "Our Blondie had a terrible seizure. We thought we were going to lose her. It turns out she had a reaction to my hand cream."

Blondie is still poorly, but she is back at home and expected to make a full recovery.

So check the ingredients in your hand creams, then make sure you share this story with as many people as possible. You could save a dog's life.