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As Easter approaches, many of us look forward to lots of chocolate, delicious treats and family gatherings. But it’s important to be mindful of potential dangers that could pose a risk to our dog and cat family members. From toxic foods to hazardous decorations, Easter can present various risks to our pets. Let’s look at common dangers to watch out for during Easter and how to choose safe and appropriate treats for our pets.

Easter Pet Dangers:

Chocolate: Chocolate is a popular Easter treat for humans, but it can be highly toxic to pets, particularly dogs and cats. Theobromine and caffeine, both found in chocolate, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, seizures, and even death in pets. It’s important to make sure all chocolate treats are kept out of reach of pets, make sure your pet is safely away from the Easter egg hunt and promptly dispose of any wrappers or remnants.

Xylitol: Xylitol, a sugar substitute commonly found in sugar free candies, gum, and baked goods, is extremely toxic to pets, especially dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a rapid release of insulin, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and death. Keep all products containing xylitol securely stored away from pets.

Easter Lilies: While beautiful and fragrant, Easter lilies and other lily varieties are highly toxic to cats. Ingestion of any part of the lily plant, including the petals, leaves, stems, and pollen, can cause kidney failure in cats. Even a small nibble or ingestion of pollen can be fatal. Keep Easter lilies and other toxic plants out of your home if you have cats.

Easter Grass: The decorative plastic grass used in Easter baskets can be tempting for pets to chew on and ingest. If swallowed, it can cause intestinal blockages, which may require surgical intervention to resolve. If you are going to use these decorations opt for paper or natural grass alternatives or keep Easter baskets and decorations out of reach of pets.

Small Decorations: Small decorative items such as plastic eggs, ribbons, tinsel, and small toys can pose choking hazards or cause intestinal obstructions if swallowed by pets. Ensure all decorations are securely fastened and inaccessible to pets, especially curious puppies and kittens.

Choosing Appropriate Treats for Pets

While it’s important to avoid feeding pets harmful foods, there are plenty of safe and delicious alternatives to offer as treats during the Easter season. Here are some pet friendly treats to consider:

Homemade Treats: Whip up some homemade pet treats using pet safe ingredients such as lean meat (e.g., cooked chicken or turkey), vegetables (e.g., carrots or green beans), and whole grains (e.g., oats or brown rice). There are countless recipes available online for homemade pet treats that are easy to make and nutritious for your furry friends.

Commercial Pet Treats: Purchase commercially available pet treats made with high-quality, natural ingredients and free from harmful additives. These might be treats from brands such as Prime 100 or Laila and Me. Look for treats specifically formulated for your pet’s species, age, and dietary needs. Choose treats that are low in calories and appropriate for your pet’s size to avoid weight gain. If you are concerned about weight gain Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Dog Treats might be just right for your dog.

Frozen Treats: Treat your pet to a refreshing frozen snack on warmer days. Freeze small portions of pet safe foods such as plain yogurt, pureed fruit (e.g., bananas or berries), or canned pumpkin in ice cube trays or silicone molds for a cool and tasty treat.

Dental Chews: Dental health is important for pets, so consider offering dental chews or treats designed to promote oral hygiene and reduce tartar and plaque buildup. Choose treats that are appropriately sized for your pet’s breed and chewing habits. A great dental chew is  OraVet.  These chews have an advanced dual cleaning action; they contain a special ingredient, delmopinol, which forms a barrier that prevents bacteria from attaching to the teeth. This ingredient is released throughout the mouth as soon as your dog starts chewing, reducing the build up of plaque and tartar, resulting in a cleaner healthier mouth.

As we celebrate Easter with our families, let’s remember to keep our furry friends safe from potential hazards. Avoid feeding pets toxic foods such as chocolate and xylitol, and keep harmful decorations and plants out of reach. Instead, offer safe and appropriate treats such as homemade snacks, commercial pet treats, frozen treats, and dental chews

If you need a free dental checkup for your pet come visit us at the vet clinic in Mansfield and we can assess your pet and check their oral health. If you have a pet emergency, we are available to help you and your pet 24/7.