Easter falls on the 9th this year. That’s just over a week off! The spring holiday is a wonderful chance to celebrate the return of warm weather with our friends and family. Fido, of course, will want to be underfoot during your gathering. Just keep your canine buddy’s safety in mind, as there are some seasonal hazards to be aware of. A Fort Bragg, NC vet lists some of them below.
Every holiday has its own traditional foods, and Easter is no different. Ham is a popular option for those big dinners. However, it’s very high in salt and fat, which isn’t good for your furry friend. A little is okay, but don’t go overboard. Cooked bones are also very dangerous, as they can break into sharp pieces that can choke or seriously injure your pooch. Chocolate is another concern. It’s toxic to Fido, due to a substance called theobromine, which dogs can’t metabolize. Keep those chocolate eggs and bunnies away from your cute pet. Other unsafe foods include avocado, pitted fruits, grapes and raisins, garlic, onions, alcohol, and raw dough. Ask your vet for more information.
A beautiful bouquet can make for a stunning centerpiece, but keep those flowers out of paws’ reach. Many spring favorites, such as lilies, tulips, and daffodils, are toxic to Man’s Best Friend. The ASPCA website has a great directory of safe and unsafe plants here.
Many small items, such as plastic eggs and little bunny figurines, are choking hazards. Anything ropy or stringy, such as garlands, string lights, and those plastic ‘grasses’ you find in many Easter baskets, is also unsafe. You may want to decorate your pooch. Our canine companions take adorable photos! Many pet stores carry cute bunny ears made for dogs. Just don’t make Fido wear them if he seems uncomfortable.
As the warm weather returns, so will fleas, ticks, heartworms, and other parasites. Keep up with your canine pal’s preventative care! Follow your vet’s recommended appointment schedule.
Eggs are generally safe—and even healthy—for dogs. However, cooked eggs spoil quickly. If Fido finds one that someone overlooked during the annual egg hunt, he’ll probably immediately eat it. Rotten eggs are definitely not part of your furry pal’s ideal diet! Make sure to pick up all those pretty colored eggs.
Hoppy Easter! Please contact us, your Fort Bragg, NC animal hospital, anytime!