Have a Dog Safe Easter

Have a Dog Safe Easter

Easter is fast approaching, and with that comes, as always, celebration and goodies! Though it’s the time of year for chocolate, egg hunts and decorations, it’s important to remember what is and isn’t safe for your pup this Easter.

Keep Chocolate Away - This will always be top on our list of things to keep away from your dogs, especially around holidays that have a lot of it!

he toxic components in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine. The level of toxicity is based on the type and quantity of chocolate consumed and the size of your pet.

Those are the two compounds in chocolate that stimulate our dogs’ nervous systems, which can cause serious symptoms. The amount of theobromine varies with the type of chocolate — the darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to dogs. Still, your dogs should stay clear of ALL chocolate.

Be Wary of Other Treats too – There are other treats that are associated with Easter and equally should be kept away from your pooch!

Hot Cross Buns and Simnel Cake contain grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas are all toxic to dogs and it is believed the dried forms of these fruits are more toxic than grapes. At this time of year, it is therefore important that hot cross buns and Simnel cake are kept well away from your dogs.

Candy and other treats too might be tempting to share with your pupper but best not too for the following reason…

Xylitol in Treats - Candy that contains the artificial sweetener, Xylitol, is toxic to dogs and cats. It can be found in candy, gum and some baked goods. If your pet ingests this, a drop in blood sugar can occur and cause issues such as seizures and liver failure. Carefully read ingredient labels and avoid using candy containing this sweetener in Easter baskets.

Easter Egg Hunts - Children of all ages love a traditional Easter egg hunt. If you conduct an egg hunt in your backyard or house, you will want to ensure that ALL of the hidden treasures have been found and picked up. If not, your pup may locate instead and potentially suffer the consequences if ingested. As a fun alternative, try hiding all-natural dog biscuits and let your furry and human children locate together.

Keeping your pets inside or in a closed off area of the house while the egg hunt frenzy is going on will help protect them from harmful food/candy and toys, as well as the possibility of injury by being stepped on.

If you dye hard-boiled eggs, use natural food colourings. These originate from a wide range of sources like vegetables, fruits, plants, minerals, and other natural edible sources and are safe alternatives.

Plastic Easter Eggs & Grass - Stay away from the plastic grass for Easter baskets. Plastic Easter grass can become caught up at the back of the tongue or in the stomach making it impossible to pass through their digestive system.

It can ultimately cause severe damage to the intestinal tract and require surgery. If you using the grass, make sure Easter baskets are put away out of reach of your pets.

Plastic Easter eggs might also be a good one to avoid too. They can become dangerously sharp foreign objects in your dog’s intestinal tract if he or she chews on and splinters them. Choose appropriate toys and gifts for your children especially if your dog is prone to chewing on things.

Please do bear in mind that everything in this post is strictly advisory and has been gathered from various reputable sources from the internet. We’re not vets, and you should always seek professional advice if you ever have concerns.

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Mar 25 2022
by Claire