Easter is definitely a fun and hopeful time of the year. This brings so much joy and it's such a great time to spend with family and pets during the warm spring weather.
Easter egg hunts, treats, and of course chocolates! We all know Chocolate is definitely a no-treat for our pets! It brings a lot of hazards and may turn this lovely celebration into a pet emergency!
There are lots of ways we can avoid this and we've got some tips for you.
- Keep away all chocolate eggs and chocolate treats are kept away from your dog.
- I suggest that if you are having Easter Egg Hunting, Feed your dog before the party or before you attend a party. Having them feel full reduces their desire to ask for treats from everyone.
- Ask the guest to avoid giving them treats for your pet's safety.
- Kids may leave their drinks around the house and please note that caffeinated drinks like, sodas, coffee, or tea are also toxic to animals. Watch out for Difficulty in breathing and Vomiting.
- Keep your pets from the plastic grass that we use for easter baskets and decorative for it may get stuck on their throat and this may be impossible to pass through their digestive system. This can cause severe damage to their gut and may require surgery.
Things to watch out for:
Easter Eggs and Chocolates:
It may be harmless to us, our kids but chocolate can make dogs very poorly and can even be fatal. This is due to a toxin called Theobromine. This is a type of chemical found in the plants used in chocolate making. We, Humans, can break down Theobromine quickly enough for it not to act as a poison.
However, dogs metabolize the chemical much slower, and this can have detrimental effects.
Symptoms of Theobromine poisoning include:
- muscle stiffness
- heart arrhythmias
- and fitting.
The poison can take between 4 - 24hrs for signs to appear. Please watch out!
Download Dr. Ruth Roberts Free guide of when to take your vet to the Emergency Room and what are the things you can do at home for emergency cases.
How about my Cat? Can they eat chocolate?
Although chocolate is also bad for cats and rabbits, they’re less likely to eat it as they can’t taste the sweetness. And most of the Cats don't even care about it.
If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, or possibly drank caffeinated drinks, It would be best to rush them to your local vet.
You can also bake some treats for your pets and prepare their favorite treats and shape them like an egg so they can enjoy the party too.
Treats you can prepare:
- Peanut butter cookie
- Liver Cookie
- Carrot Cake
Let's all have a Safe and Fun Easter Celebration!