The Easter holiday is a great time for reflection and family get together's, Easter dresses and baskets, and bunnies and …dogs? Yes, our pets are part of our Easter celebration and need to be kept in mind during the festivities. We wanted to point out some obvious and some maybe not so obvious potential dangers over the Easter weekend.
1. As most people already know, chocolate is very toxic to dogs. That being said, be sure to keep Easter baskets out of reach of sniffing noses. There are some sweeteners that are also harmful to dogs and ingested candy wrappers are no good for them either. So basically it’s best to just avoid giving or letting a dog reach the Easter candy altogether.
2. Easter grasses in the basket is a long standing tradition and let’s face it, baskets may just not seem complete without them. However, dogs will see grasses much differently than we do. To them it’s an irresistible treat begging to be munched. Once ingested it can cause intestinal problems, choking hazards, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Do your pet a favor and skip the grasses or be sure they stay in the baskets and well out of reach of your pet.
3. Easter eggs (both plastic and real) are an obvious “must” for the Easter celebrations. But dogs might see the plastic eggs as a treat for them and obviously ingested shards of plastic are never good. As for real eggs, a fresh hard boiled egg can be a real and safe treat for your dog. However, if your dog finds that “missing” egg leftover from the Easter egg hunt days later is not such a treat. Eating a rotten egg is just as disgusting for a dog as it would be for a human. Be sure you keep track of all eggs and hiding places to make sure they are all accounted for and back in the fridge when the festivities are done.
4. Although we all love to celebrate with our dogs on Holidays, giving them leftovers are not the way to do it. Some dogs have sensitive stomachs and others are prone to conditions such as Pancreatitis, which can be exacerbated by “people food”. Keep a dog in their regular habits and stick with the foods they typically eat. Although they may beg for more, they’ll thank you for it later.
5. As we shared with our Christmas blog, be sure all company is aware that you have a dog and/or make sure your dog is invited to come with you if you are doing the traveling. Not only is taking the necessary precautions common courtesy, it will also save everyone, including your dog unnecessary stress and anxiety during this already busy weekend.
We hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend and everyone including the family pup stays safe, healthy and happy.