Easter pet safety is on my mind. Why? Because sweet treats can cause potentially fatal problems for dogs, with cases doubling over Easter period.
Let’s face it, chocolate is everywhere at Easter, and our doggies can find our sweets if we’re not careful. Figures from Agria Pet Insurance found that cases of chocolate poisoning rose by 235% over the four-week Easter period in 2019 and 2018 when compared with all other months in those years. I don’t have recent stats, but I can imagine it’s not much better.
That said, I’d like to share 3 simple Easter pet safety tips to help you keep your fur babies safe.
1. COUNT THE EGGS before you hide them.
Keep track of the number of eggs hidden and make sure all are accounted for at the end of the egg hunt.
Keep your dog crated or on a leash until all harmful items (eggs, toys, other) are picked up and accounted for.
I recall as a young mom hiding the chocolate and plastic eggs for our yearly “Easter egg hunt,” and then scouring the yard over and over to ensure that NO EGGS WERE LEFT BEHIND. I didn’t want my fur babies to get sick. Only once all the eggs were accounted for were the dogs allowed back in the yard. Even then, I think I was on the lookout for the entire week in case I happened to have missed one hiding under a tree!
Now, years later, we no longer have easter egg hunts, but we still adore our easter chocolates. I’ve discovered that my Standard Poodle can easily get to the counter tops. So, I’ve got to be extra vigilant during the holidays to ensure no one leaves things my dogs shouldn’t have.
2. KEEP YOUR DOGS AWAY from things they shouldn’t have.
Eggs (dyed, plastic, raw, and chocolate) are not the only possible danger to our pets. Decorative Easter grass, chocolates and candy, Easter lilies, food coloring, ham and other fatty foods, and small toys may all become a dangerous minefield for our pets if we are not careful.
If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate or any other harmful item, don’t hesitate to contact your vet or a pet poison helpline. Try to identify exactly what your dog ate, the quantity, and if possible, a list of the ingredients. This can be helpful for a vet to assist your pet.
3. KEEP A LIST OF DANGEROUS FOODS and Easter items on the fridge or somewhere friends and family can see. The goal is for everyone to work together to ensure Easter Pet safety is a top priority!
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Life is a precious gift. Let’s care for it by doing what we can to protect those we love. May the joy of Easter fill your heart and home! May God bless you, your family, and your canine friends!
Leila Grandemange is an award-winning dog writer and the author of several charming books. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to share comfort and joy and the loving care of our furry friends!
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