Easter is right around the corner and, even though it’s a celebration humans, our lovely pets might be harmed by the food and festivities. However, we’re here to help both you and your dog get the most out of this wonderful holiday! Despite there being many human foods dogs can eat, Easter treats aren’t among those. Even more than that, there are more Easter related items that can harm your pet’s health, so be sure to check them out.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” - Josh Billings
Maybe this doesn’t come as a new information to you, but saying it again never hurts. After all, it is your pet’s life that’s in question here. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which are toxic to animals because they stimulate the nervous system. Symptoms for chocolate consumption are:
- Abnormal heart rhythms
All chocolate is bad for animals, but the worst type is still dark chocolate.
Mixes with Yeast
There are several cake recipes for dogs (and other treats as well), but let’s focus on cakes because those usually use yeast in the dough. But dogs can’t eat yeast! It’ll cause them to become bloated and drunk when the mix ferments in the dog’s stomach.
We’ve talked about lilies before in an article about hidden dangers for your dog, but then again: it’s important to remember! Especially since Easter has its own unique lilies during this time of the year. Even though they’re symbolic and gorgeous plants, they’re highly dangerous to pets - both dogs and cats.
Remember that DIY Easter project you’ve came up with? Well, if you have pets at home, you better rethink that choice. Easter grass looks adorable and is simple to use in DIY crafts for Easter, but the plastic from it is non-digestible. So, if your dog (or cat) finds and decided to taste it, they can choke or end up with an obstruction later on - which can only be resolved by surgery.
Following the logic of plastic Easter grass, candy wrappers are usually made from plastic or aluminum, both which can be harmful to your dog’s health. The consumption of wrappers would also cause an obstruction in your pet, so pay attention to where you’re keeping your candy!
Real Easter Bunny
If you’ve never done it, you’ve probably thought about it at some point: bringing home a real bunny as an Easter gift! The idea is adorable and the pet even more!
A bunny is also a pet - it requires a lot of care and room to live in. That can cause your dog to feel threatened, or even irritated, making you abandon your bunny. Most families don’t bother donating or returning the animal to a pet store, so think carefully before getting a bunny!
This Easter, keep your furry friends safe by following these tips and guidelines. Happy Easter everyone!
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