Easter is a time of joy and celebration, but it can also be a dangerous time for our furry friends. With chocolate eggs, Easter lilies, and other potential hazards abound, it’s important to take extra precautions to ensure that your dog has a safe and happy Easter.

1. Beware of chocolate!

First and foremost, keep all chocolate and sweets out of reach of your dog. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can cause serious health issues if ingested. Theobromine, a compound found in chocolate, is toxic to dogs and can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing, and even death in severe cases. 

To keep chocolate away from dogs and prevent them from ingesting it, you should store all chocolate products in a secure location that is out of reach of your furry friend. This includes keeping chocolate bars, cookies, cakes, and other treats in cabinets or high shelves that cannot be accessed by your dog. Additionally, be mindful of where you leave chocolate unattended – never leave it on countertops or tables where your dog may be able to reach it (we know there are plenty of counter surfers out there!)

In the event that your dog does ingest chocolate, seek immediate veterinary care to prevent any serious health complications. 

Alternatively, skip the worry altogether and instead, opt for dog-friendly treats or toys to include your pup in the festivities.

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2. Beware of flowers (yes, really!)

Additionally, be mindful of Easter plants often used as decorations during this time. Many of the plants commonly associated with Easter, such as lilies, daffodils, and tulips, are toxic to dogs if ingested. These beautiful flowers may add colour and cheer to our homes, but they can pose a serious threat to our canine companions. 

Lilies are particularly dangerous for dogs, as even small amounts of their leaves or pollen can cause kidney failure. Daffodils and tulips can also cause gastrointestinal upset and other symptoms if consumed by dogs. It is important for pet owners to be aware of the potential dangers posed by these Easter plants and take precautions to keep them out of reach of their pets, or, consider using dog-safe alternatives.

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3. Watch out for children’s toys

For children, it is exciting to find a small toy inside some Easter eggs! However, you should take extra precautions not to let your dog chew on or play with these, as they could cause an obstruction in their digestive system or become a choking hazard. Additionally, some toys may contain small parts that could be harmful if ingested by your pet. 

To ensure the safety of your dog (and your children!) it’s important to keep Easter toys out of reach. Supervision is key to preventing any accidents or emergencies.

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4. Be careful with food

It may be tempting to share your Easter roast with your pooch, but it’s important to be careful. Despite the fact that foods such as roast potatoes and cheese sauce are not overtly dangerous for our dogs, they can cause stomach issues, and they are also high in fat – meaning that if not given very carefully, your dog will soon become quite the chunky boy or girl! Onions, garlic, bones, and alcohol are also quite dangerous to dogs, so skip the hassle of sharing your Easter meal, and make one for your dog instead! Apples, sweet potatoes and carrots are all fine to give to your pooch – and healthy too!

Hot cross buns are another popular Easter food that can be harmful to dogs. These sweet treats often contain raisins or currants, which can cause kidney failure in dogs if ingested.

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4. Create a safe space for your dog

Finally, create a quiet space for your dog to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Easter festivities. This could be a designated room or crate where they feel comfortable and secure. Ensure that this space is free from any potential hazards such as electrical cords, toxic plants, or small objects that could be swallowed. Keep the area clean and tidy to prevent any accidents or injuries. Provide plenty of toys and chews to keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated while in their safe space. Consider using calming aids such as pheromone diffusers or soothing music to help alleviate any anxiety or stress.

Always respect your dog’s boundaries and give them the space they need to feel safe and secure in their designated area.

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