Kids love finding eggs hidden at Easter time. Dogs don’t, but they don’t know it’s not good for them. In fact many of the treats we humans traditionally enjoy over Easter can hazardous to your furry best friend.
Here are some do's and don'ts to keep your hound safe over this chocolatey holiday
Don't give them Hot Cross Buns!
You may be tempted to feed your hot cross bun to the owner of those pleading eyes. Resist! Grapes are poison to a dog, and raisins even more so. Currents and sultanas are also toxic to your dog, so don’t give in to those longing looks. Praise and pet them instead!
Don’t let your dog gate-crash your Easter egg hunt.
Chocolate is a no-no for your dog, you cat, your rodents, and your bunny too. But of them all, dogs are the most susceptible to the toxins in chocolate. Keep them away from all your eggs and the foil they came wrapped in and let them gobble down your chocolate.
Why Is Chocolate Bad For Dogs?
Dogs are carnivores and their metabolism hasn’t evolved efficient enzymes to deal with as wide a range of plant chemicals as we humans have. Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic. It will build up in your dogs stomach and turn into a chemical called xanthine which effects their central nervous system.
What Damage Will Chocolate Do To My Dog?
Chocolate is a stimulant which can increase their blood pressure and send their heart rates up, causing vomiting, diarrhoea, twitching, tremors, and even cause them to have a seizure.
Can A Dog Recover From Chocolate Poisoning?
If your dog eats even a small amount of chocolate, contact your vet. The effects can begin immediately after ingesting, and they can last a couple of days. Your vet will be able to help your dog by inducing vomiting.
How Much Chocolate Is Toxic To Dogs?
Even the smallest amount of chocolate is bad for your dog. Cocoa, cooking chocolate and dark chocolate contain the HIGHEST levels of theobromine.
White and milk chocolate contain less levels, but are still toxic.
As little as 30g/1 oz of chocolate can be enough to poison a 20kg/44 ounce dog. Contact your vet if your dog ingests any chocolate and be especially careful if they are a small dog.
How do you celebrate easter with your dog?
Do include your dog in family fun
Once the kids have collected all their eggs, it's time to include your dog in some fun activities. Lavish oodles of love and attention on them. Ask kids to blow bubbles for them? If they likes the bubbles train them to catch a few. Make a fuss of them and enjoy fun times outside together.
If high praise is not enough for your fur darling and you’re itching to give the something special this Easter weekend (and you’re all out of meaty titbits) - perhaps it's time for a homemade Easter Doggie Treat.
Easy Easter Doggie Treat:
Apple and Cinnamon delight:
Cook up roughly chopped apple and drain - when cooled, sprinkle with cinnamon.
Your doggie will gobble this down.
But, if you want to go one step beyond, try this barking good recipe:
Doggie Apple Easter Muffin Recipe
1 cup flour (oat flour would be best)
3/4 cup oats
1 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
(Optional: unsweetened peanut butter for frosting)
Pre heat over at 350
Lightly grease muffin pan
Mix all ingredients in a bowl
Pour batter into muffin pans (Note: it will not rise)
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes
Use within a couple of days or pop a few into the freezer for post Easter treats.
Do take a leisurely long walk
And after a big Easter feast enjoy an extra-long walk with the whole family and let your dog have loads of time for sniffing. They process scents like we process colours. While we see rainbows in the sky, they smell “rainbows” in the grass and on the lamp post! Think of smells being like your dog’s version of social media, allowing them to catch up on the latest news, see what the dog next door has been doing, and discover who has “checked in” to the neighbourhood.
Happy Easter, folks!