Growing up with dogs, I quickly learned that Easter, much like other Holidays, involved potential hazards for my pets.I recall as a young mom hiding the chocolate and plastic eggs for our yearly “Easter egg hunt,” and then scouring the yard over and over to ensure that NO EGGS WERE LEFT BEHIND. Only once all the eggs were accounted for were the dogs allowed back in the yard. Even then, I think I was on the look out for the entire week in case I happened to have missed one hiding under a tree! Eggs (dyed, plastic, raw, and chocolate) are not the only possible danger to our pets. Decorative Easter grass, chocolates and candy, Easter lilies, food coloring, ham and other fatty foods, and small toys may all become a dangerous minefield for our pets if we are not careful.
That said, I’d like to share 3 Easter pet safety tips . . .
1. Keep track of the number of eggs hidden and make sure all are accounted for at the end of the egg hunt.
2. Do not allow your dogs near the area you’ve hidden the eggs (or keep them on leash) until all harmful items (eggs, toys, other) are picked up and accounted for.
3. Familiarize yourself with harmful foods and Easter items and place out of reach of pets.
If you think your pet may have ingested chocolate or any other harmful item please don’t hesitate to contact your vet or a pet poison help line.
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Life is a precious gift. Let’s care for it by doing what we can to protect those we love. May the joy of Easter fill your heart and home! God bless.
Leila Grandemange is the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award offered by the DWAA. She writes to promote the well-being of dogs and their owners.
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