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Animal Hospital Has A Jar Of Chocolates Reserved For Dogs Listed To Be Put Down

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Animal Hospital Has A Jar Of Chocolates Reserved For Dogs Listed To Be Put Down

An animal hospital in the US has gone viral for its adorable offering for dogs who are listed to be put down.

Smiths Station Animal Hospital in Alabama uploaded a picture of the jar of Hersey Kiss chocolates that are given to pooches who are on the way out.

Alongside the image, they wrote: "This jar is reserved for our euthanasia appointments...because no dog should go to Heaven without tasting chocolate."

Excuse us while we cry for a bit.

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The post was written by Dr Nicole Namie, who is one of the three veterinarians at the animal hospital has on staff, according to KPTV.

The post has been liked, shared and commented on by more than 200,000 people, many of whom shared their heartbreaking experiences of losing a pet.

One person reacting to the image said: "This is why I can't have another dog. Too painful. I've lost many dogs since I was a kid, and I honestly just don't think I can go through it again. Too much trauma, I'm hesitant on even liking dogs anymore because I don't want to get attached."

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Another added: "My baby ate chocolate ice cream with banana and whipped cream on her last night. Banana was her favorite thing, she couldn't go without it."

A third wrote: "Just helped my boy cross the bridge. We gave him lots of chocolate right before. He was so happy."

Anyone who has owned a dog will know that chocolate is to be avoided at all costs.

While humans will happily eat the treat by the block, it's toxic for dogs and can cause them untold pain and even death.

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It's toxic because chocolate contains the chemical theobromine, as well as caffeine.

Dogs can't metabolise theobromine or caffeine as well as humans can and that's why they're more sensitive to their effects.

According to VCA Hospitals, the two chemicals are used medically as a diuretic, heart stimulant, blood vessel dilator, and a smooth muscle relaxant.

So, that's why Smiths Station Animal Hospital reserves chocolate kisses for their dogs who are getting ready to die because at least they'll get to taste something sweet before they cross over into the forever field.

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Featured Image Credit: Smiths Station Animal Hospital/Facebook

Topics: News, Animals

Stewart Perrie
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