Easter is just a few days off! As you plan for your big holiday meal, keep in mind that, like any other holiday, Easter can be dangerous to our canine companions. Food, decorations, and guests open up all sorts of opportunities for mischief! A local Louisville, KY vet offers some Easter safety tips for dogs in this article.
Keep your canine companion in mind when putting up decorations. Anything plastic is a potential choking hazard. That includes things like streamers, plastic eggs, and anything small or sharp. You’ll also need to be careful with flowers. Many popular Easter bouquets contain things like lilies, tulips, and daffodils, which are all toxic to pets.
Easter dinners are a wonderful time to reconnect with family. That includes our furry, four-legged family members as well! Go ahead and make your pooch a special plate. Just take care not to give him anything unsafe. Some other dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes and raisins; avocado; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; alcohol; and anything that contains xylitol or a lot of salt, sugar, or fat. Ask your vet for more information.
Chocolate contains something called theobromine, which Fido cannot metabolize. While dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate, any kind of chocolate is unsafe. In fact, chocolate can be fatal at just one ounce per pound of your pup’s body weight. Keep all of those Easter bunnies out of paws’ reach!
Are you having guests? Keep a close eye on things, especially if you are having young kids over. Children don’t understand what is and isn’t safe for dogs, and they don’t really know how to read Fido’s body language.
Eggs are not toxic in and of themselves, but that doesn’t mean they’re entirely safe. If you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt, take time afterwards to make sure all the eggs were picked up. If Fido finds one a week from now, he probably won’t hesitate to eat it. Raw eggs spoil quickly, especially in the sun. Rotten eggs are definitely not something you want your furry best friend eating!
Weather in late April can go either way, as far as temperatures go. Make sure that your canine pal has plenty of fresh water and access to shade at all times.
Happy Easter! Contact us, your local Louisville, KY animal clinic, today!