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Easter, often celebrated with food, flowers, and egg hunts, is a holiday commonly spent with family. As you prep for Easter this year, it’s important to keep your furry family members safety in mind.
Consider the following safety tips to help keep your dog or cat safe and allow them to enjoy the Easter holiday this year.
Whether you celebrate with ham and scalloped potatoes, jelly beans, Cadbury eggs, or all of the above, Easter is a holiday that tends to be full of food and candy. It’s important to keep in mind that the majority of this food is not safe for your pets. For example, dogs should not eat baked ham because it contains a lot of sugar6.
Chocolate is also extremely toxic to dogs and cats. It may be best to put your dog or cat in another room if you have children who are opening Easter baskets or plastic eggs. Your pet can come back out once the candy inside has been eaten and the wrappers safely discarded.
Are there any Easter foods that are safe for your pets to eat? If you’re serving lamb, this high-protein meat can be a good choice for your dog7. Plain green beans and cooked carrots are also safe for both dogs and cats (although your dog might be more interested in vegetables than your cat). Prior to sharing any of your food with your furry friend, always speak directly with your vet.
Easter decorations run the gamut from garlands to wreaths to bunny ears and more. It’s a lot of fun to festoon your house and yard for the holiday. However, if your dog or cat gets into something they shouldn’t, your family’s Easter might go downhill fast.
If you’re using craft supplies like glitter or paint to make your own Easter decorations, make sure to keep these out of your pet’s reach. Food dye used for Easter eggs can also be a potential hazard. Things like tinsel, cords from decorative lights, and candles should also be kept well out of your pets reach.
Be careful with Easter grass, too. If your dog or cat eats any of the artificial grass, the strands of grass might cause intestinal distress or even a bowel obstruction. Don’t leave any Easter grass out on the floor during your Easter celebration.
It’s spring and flowers are blooming! Bouquets of daffodils, lilies, tulips, and more are commonly placed in churches or used as a centerpiece for the dining room table. Make sure your pets are safe from any plants you bring into your home.
While some flowers are harmless if ingested, others are highly toxic: Easter lilies are extremely poisonous to pets. If a cat ingests even a small amount of the flower’s pollen, severe kidney failure can occur8. Tulips and daffodils are also toxic to pets. Don’t let your animals get to these plants. If you aren’t sure if a certain flower is safe, put the vase out of your pet’s reach or opt for artificial flowers instead.
Your pets don’t have to be excluded from all the fun! Plan some activities specifically for your dog and/or cat to keep them happy during the holiday. Celebrating Easter with your pet is not only a lot of fun — it also keeps them busy so they won’t get into mischief.
Many pet owners enjoy making Easter baskets for their pets. Purchase a new dog or cat bed and fill it with treats, toys, or even a new collar or leash. Local pet stores and online retailers often carry Easter treats and toys around this time of year (think dog treats that look like Peeps or stuffed Easter eggs with squeakers inside).
Another fun activity is a pet-friendly Easter egg hunt. You’ll want to stay away from plastic eggs if you have a dog. If your dog starts chewing the eggs, plastic shards could cut his or her mouth. Instead, try hiding dog treats or pieces of kibble around your home or yard and letting your dog sniff them out. Catnip-filled eggs are a great choice for any feline family members.
Including your pets in the Easter egg hunt is both physically and intellectually stimulating, making a great way to occupy them so your whole family can enjoy the holiday.
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Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today.
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6Purina: Holiday human foods dogs can & can’t eat
7PetMD: Healthy foods checklist: Lamb for dogs, April 28, 2017, PetMD Editorial
8Pet Poison Helpline: Easter pet poisons