How to Keep your Canine Companion Safe this Easter

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Easter is just around the corner and for many owners, this is a time to be extra vigilant when it comes to pet safety.

At DogBonding, we have highlighted three ways you can keep your dog safe and happy during the Easter period. We hope you find this article helpful!

1. Chocolate Poisoning

It is no secret that chocolate is toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains a stimulant called Theobromine which is poisonous to all canines. Although humans can safely digest Theobromine, dogs metabolise the compound at a slower rate, which can be detrimental to their health.

If you are spending Easter with family and children, then chocolate eggs will often be readily available, and this can prove a risk to your dog’s health. The risk of your dog consuming chocolate is very high. So, if you believe your dog has consumed chocolate, then it is vital you look for symptoms of chocolate poisoning. Below are some of the symptoms of chocolate poisoning in dogs:

  • Dehydration or extreme thirst.
  • Looseness of the bowels
  • Salivating
  • High temperature
  • Hyperactivity and nervousness
  • Vomiting
  • In extreme situations, epileptic-type fits

A common concern for many owners over Easter is a fear that their dog will eat hidden chocolate eggs. If you have children or will be attending a family event where there will be an Easter egg hunt in the home or garden, then it is advised to make a note of where they are all hidden. In comparison to humans, an average dog's nose is tens of thousands of times more sensitive meaning they will easily sniff out as many chocolate eggs that you have hidden in around your home.

2. Be ‘Blooming’ Careful

Spring has sprung, which sees our meadows and landscapes transformed into a colourful palette of rich brightly coloured hues, and although this looks pretty, many bulbs can be toxic for dogs if consumed.

Daffodils, grow everywhere during the Springtime, however their bulbs can be toxic to dogs if eaten, so keep a close eye on your dog if you see them digging near flowerbeds that are home to these types of bulbs.  

Another flower that can be toxic for your pet if ingested, is the Lily. William Blake in his poem 'The Lily' famously portrays the flower mainly as a symbol of love, however these beautiful fragrant flowers that grow over the Easter period can be particularly harmful for dogs if chewed and ingested. Although these flowers look beautiful, they can also be toxic to dogs and have been known to cause sickness and fatigue. If you have lilies growing in your garden, then you may consider fencing them off with some chicken wire or keep them in the home out of the reach of your dog’s curious nose!

3. Raisins in Hot Cross Buns

Did you know that some fruits such as raisins and sultanas can be more toxic to dogs than chocolate? Surprisingly, this is true! If your dog consumes even a tiny number of raisins or sultanas, they can sometimes be ill with severe kidney failure which in some cases can be lethal. If you do have Hot Cross Buns in the home, make sure that they are out of sight and reach from inquisitive canines.

Closing thoughts…

We hope you found this article helpful. Easter can be a wonderful time spent with close friends and family; however, it is important you also keep a close eye on your dog and look out for any potential dangers that could come about during this holiday season.  If you have any further questions or need expert professional dog training advice on all your puppy or dog behavioural issues, get in touch at [email protected]

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