Easter is on the way and many families celebrate by getting together for food, gifts, and fun, but the holiday can present a few dangers for dogs. Our pups are part of the family, and we don’t want to exclude them from the good times, but it’s important to be extra cautious and vigilant during events where there are a lot of people and distractions. Easter is no exception. While you’re enjoying your Easter feasting and fun, keep these safety tips in mind when it comes to your dog, and spread the word to help other families keep their dogs safe, too.
1. Keep The Chocolates And Candy Out Of Reach
Easter baskets are often loaded with candy and chocolate bunnies. Little kids can sometimes drop these on the floor or leave half-eaten sweets where dogs can get them, so make sure they know the rules and keep an eye out for any discarded candies or wrappers. If you plan on serving desserts, make sure they stay on the table and away from any hungry pups. Chocolate is toxic for dogs, and candy can be loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is also toxic for canines. Make sure your dog sticks to treats specifically for dogs only.
2. Alcohol And Caffeine Are For Humans Only
A lot of people drink wine or enjoy a good cup of coffee at Easter gatherings. Any alcoholic or caffeinated beverages should be placed up high and away from dogs. The sweetness of these drinks can be attractive to pups, but alcohol, caffeine, and the sugar or sweeteners that often accompany them can quickly lead to illness and an emergency vet visit.
3. Cooked Bones Are Dangerous
If you’re planning to serve dishes that have bones, make sure that they are kept on plates and disposed of quickly. If you have a kids’ table that is lower to the floor, make sure your dog is not able to sneak bones off of plates when kids aren’t looking. Cooked bones can splinter into sharp pieces that cause internal damage, and these bones are dangerous choking hazards.
4. Guests Can Cause Anxiety
If you’re having a lot of guests over, ringing the doorbell and going in and out, it can cause anxiety in dogs that aren’t used to all the commotion. The strange faces and odd smells of new people entering their territory can be frightening and cause dogs to engage in nervous behavior or even bolt if the door is left open. Make sure your dog is secure and that doors that lead outside are always shut when not in use. Inform your guests not to let your dog out. If your dog is especially anxious, it may be best to keep them safe in another room with a radio or television on. Make sure they are comfortable and have plenty of water, and don’t forget to give them potty breaks.
5. Keep The Trash Secure
With every feast, there is bound to be a lot of waste. The trash bin might get full of food products and interesting-smelling garbage, and that can be very tempting for dogs. Make sure the trash is secure and out of reach. If your dog gets to it, they may be able to swallow choking hazards, items that cause intestinal blockage, or toxic food. Put something heavy on the lid if you have no other option and tell guests to keep the trash blocked off.
6. Don’t Let The Food Out Of Sight
Any leftover food should be quickly put away or kept where it can’t be reached by your dog. Easter food can be very attractive to dogs, but it can also be full of things that are toxic. Grapes and raisins, for example, are toxic to dogs, as are macadamia nuts and several other foods. Greasy, salty, and fatty foods can cause diarrhea, upset stomachs, or more severe conditions if eaten in high quantities. Keep the human foods for humans.
7. Small Toys And Plastic Eggs Can Be Hazardous
If you’re giving Easter baskets to the kids at your gathering, chances are good that they will have plastic eggs, fake plastic grass, stuffed animals, small toys, or other fun items. These items, however, may not be so fun for dogs who swallow them. Not only are they choking hazards, they can also break apart into sharp pieces and do internal damage, or they can cause gastrointestinal blockages. Keep them out of reach of dogs, and when kids are done playing with them, put them away. If you hide plastic eggs, make sure they are all accounted for when everyone is finished searching for them.
What other Easter safety tips do you have for fellow dog owners? Is your dog going to be a part of your Easter celebration? Let us know in the comments below!