Easter for our pets brings many temptations that aren’t good for them. Remember that your dogs will be curious about new items like Easter lilies, Easter basket grass and chocolate. With Easter right around the corner, remember to take a few extra precautions to keep your pets safe.
While the Easter grass makes for a pretty basket, the colorful filler can be dangerous if ingested by your dog. Use tissue paper if you need filler to help plump up your basket.
Easter Egg Hunts:
Whether you are hiding real or plastic eggs, make sure you know how many you have hidden. If your dog finds a plastic egg and eats or chews on it he could have intestinal problems. If your dog finds a forgotten real hidden egg a few days later and eats it, he may have an upset stomach. Once the hunt is over, count the eggs and gather up any undiscovered ones.
Favorite Easter candies, like Chocolate bunnies may be yummy, but very dangerous if a dog gets a hold of one. Sugar free candies and baked goodies that contain the sugar substitute Xylitol are also dangerous for your dog. Keep Easter candies and treats away from your dog.
As pretty as Easter Lilies are, they are poisonous for both dogs and cats if ingested. In most situations, symptoms of poisoning will develop within six to 12 hours of exposure. Early signs include vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and dehydration.
With the smells of the Easter ham or turkey in the oven, dogs become curious and try to help themselves. Seasonings, spices and herbs, drippings may taste great, but it can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Remind family members not to give your dog any human food.
In addition to these tips to keep you dog safe, remember that while live bunnies, chicks and other festive animals are adorable, resist the urge to buy them—these cute babies grow up fast and often require specialized care!
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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