Like children, dogs love all the goodies in the Easter basket. Although your dog may like certain human foods, it may be inapropriate to feed them to your dog. Unfortunately, our pets also like to nibble on everything in the basket, even the plastic grass, toys or foil-wrappers on chocolate and candy. o here are a few Easter hazards and tips on how to avoid them:
1. Chocolate: Don't
Almost every dog has a sweet tooth. A chocolate chip in a cookie may not be an issue, but certain types of chocolate are very toxic to dogs, especially in large amounts. The toxic components in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine. Dark chocolate contains the highest concentrations. That is why baker's chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem.
A dog that ingests an overdose of chocolate may be fine at first, but will soon become hyperactive. It may pass large quantities of urine and become unusually thirsty. Your pet may vomit or tremble. Its heart rate can accelerate or beat irregularly, either of which can cause death. So be sure to keep your chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies well secured.
2. Candy: Don't
It's not just chocolate that's the problem. Candy and all types of sugary foods can cause obesity, dental problems and diabetes. It is important to know that xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in many candies and baked goods is very toxic to dogs. So don't leave sweet treat out in the open.
3. Hardboiled eggs: Do
Eggs are a great way to give your dog a protein boost. They are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium and a good choice for an occasional treat. If your dog is more prone to weight gain than other dogs you could give your dog only the white part of the egg because most of the fat is stored in the yolk.The biggest potential side effect is flatulence or passing gas so don't say we didn't warn you about that. Eggs spoil quickly and if days later your pet finds and eats an egg that was undiscovered during the Easter hunt, it can make them sick. So note the exact number of eggs hidden and make sure each one is accounted for.
4. Lamb, Ham And Other Meat: Be Careful
Chicken, turkey and beef are found in your dog's dry and wet foods anyway and they are filled with healthy fats and proteins your pet needs. That is why cooked, low-fat meats can be good dog treats.
Although you may be tempted, it is inappropriate to feed dogs high fat meat like lamb or ham or pork because it may trigger pancreatitis in some cases. Dogs who develop pancreatitis will show signs of abdominal pain, vomiting and dehydration. Keep that in mind if you have a dog that likes to scavenge in garbage bins.
5. Easter Decor And Other Inedible Items: Don't
Plastic eggs look like toys to your dog but they can become choking hazards. The same goes for small toys. Chewed and swallowed plastic can cause intestinal problems that may require surgery. Make sure they stay out of reach of your dogs curious snout.
Plastic grass is stringy and can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, unable to pass through the intestines. It can cause severe damage to the intestinal tract, often requiring abdominal surgery.
Try using paper or real grass as a safer filler.
Easter lilies can be poisonous to pets so keep an eye on your flowers.
Now that you know the general dos and don't for feeding your dog treats for Easter, what will you be feeding your dog?