Easter celebrations: tips to make it safe for your dog

It looks like Easter celebrations are going to be rather different from usual this year.  The COVID-19 pandemic, has meant that big family gatherings and neighborhood Easter egg hunts are now something to look forward to in future years. But despite the lockdowns there are still fun ways to celebrate Easter and to include every family member – the dog too!  Knowing which activities are dog friendly isn’t always obvious so we thought we’d give some tips to help include your dog in scaled-down Easter celebrations.

Easter egg hunts

Can dogs eat chocolate? The easy answer to this is simply “no”!  Chocolate contains something called theobromine.  In dogs this causes vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, irregular heartbeat and seizures.  In the worst cases it can result in death.  

If you’re planning to do a small Easter egg hunt in your own back yard for your immediate family, we’d recommend using plastic eggs for the children’s egg hunt. This way, you don’t end up with undiscovered chocolates in the yard that a curious pup might discover at a later date.

You could also do an Easter egg hunt at home just for the dog.  Use carob or a chocolate substitute that is specially formulated for dogs.  There are plenty of them on the market these days that don’t contain theobromine. 

Easter treats

Chocolate isn’t the only danger at Easter time.  Anything with lots of sugar should be avoided – save the Peeps for the peeps.  Try to avoid giving your dog trimmings from your Easter lunch too. One of our recent blog posts given in this link highlights 20 human foods that shouldn’t be shared with your dog.

Instead, why not prepare some dog-friendly cookies? Here’s a link to a dozen recipes from the folks at Good Housekeeping.

Are there other Easter dangers for my dog?

We’re hopefully through the harshest of the cold weather. Tulips, daffodils and other bulbs are starting to flower.  I love to see those splashes of color appearing in what has been a pretty bleak looking yard for most of the winter. However, I’m also conscious that these bulbs are poisonous for dogs and try to position them in an area of the garden that my dog isn’t easily able to access.

If your dog does manage to eat Easter items that are potentially poisonous, contact your veterinarian immediately for advice.

Whatever you plan to do this weekend we hope you enjoy your Easter celebrations. The entire team at Travall wishes you a very Happy Easter!

Information given in this article is not a substitute for advice from a qualified medical professional.  Please consult a vet for advice specific to your dog.