With the Easter Bunny nearly here, you’re probably looking forward to celebrating the holidays with your friends and family and eating all that delicious chocolate. However, it is important not to forget about your pet during the Easter weekend. Chocolate is a huge no-no for any furry creature. If your fur baby eats just a little bit, they’re at great risk of toxic poisoning. But don’t freak out. You can still enjoy your Easter plans and keep your pet healthy and happy at the same time.
Just follow our guide to keeping your pet safe during the Easter break:
- The Easter Egg Hunt:
If you’re hosting a party that involves a good old Easter egg hunt, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure of. When purchasing and hiding the chocolate, it’s a good idea to keep tally of how many you’ve bought and hidden. That way you’ll know if your pet has gobbled one up by mistake. During the hunt, it is also best to keep your pet away from the hunting area. Keep them indoors or in a secluded area if the hunt is inside. Kids will need to be strictly watched over as they’re more likely to leave chocolates lying about, or offer one to your pet. Don’t worry; kids tend to gobble them up straight away. If you’re attending a party and you’re bringing your pooch along, consult with the host about suitable arrangements. Keep a watchful eye on your pup. Dogs tend to eat anything without thinking twice, after all.
- Planning the Party:
Chocolate isn’t the only goodie that is toxic to animals, as lollies and sugary foods can cause diabetes in pets. When organising the food for the party, supply them somewhere your pet can’t access. A suitable option for serving food is to give out bowls instead of plates so treats are less likely to fall on the floor. If you’re supplying alcohol, make sure that your pet steers clear of it too. If you have a dog, take them for a walk prior to the party so they’re worn out by the time people arrive. This will make it easier to watch over so they’re less likely to run off and eat something they shouldn’t. When decorating the house, avoid leaving out items that could be a hazard, such as small plastic items or traditional Easter flowers. A fun and safe way you can decorate is to use paper. From origami bunnies to paper grass, paper is less likely to be unsafely digested by pets should they eat it.
- Treats For Your Pets:
Just because they can’t eat chocolate doesn’t mean your pet should miss out on some yummy treats! There are plenty of easy-to-follow recipes online for pet-friendly treats. Your pet will be in food heaven when they’re filling their bellies with edible cupcakes, biscuits and ice cream! If you’re no Nigella Lawson, visit one of the many pet friendly cafes around that will supply you with takeaway nibbles. This is a great way for your pet to be distracted while everyone enjoys their chocolate. No living creature shall be left unfed this Easter season!
- An Emergency Situation:
If your pet does happen to eat some chocolate, the first thing to do is to stay calm. When your pet eats chocolate, it is not immediately noticeable. If you think your pet is acting strange or distressed, call your local emergency vet straight away. Follow their advice and take your pet down there if need be. It is also advisable to know your pet’s breed, age and weight so your vet can give you the best advice possible.
You and your pet shouldn’t have to miss out on all the Easter festivities with our tips. And yes, it is still okay for your pooch to wear some Easter bunny ears. Have your phone ready for some cute Instagram photos!
What tips do you have for keeping your pet safe during Easter? Comment below.