No Easter Egg Hunts For Your Pets!
While Easter celebrations can be an exciting time for us, our pets may find it rather hectic.
This doesn't mean that you should cancel all your plans, however, there are a few things you should consider.
Here are a few tips to help your pet enjoy the festivities as much as you do.
Enjoy time together
Easter is a great time to spend with family and friends and with a few extra day off it’s an opportunity to spend some quality time with your pet. Walking through parks or country lanes listening to birdsong and enjoying the sight of spring flowers usually lifts the spirits and gets us out of the house and into the sunshine.
Pet toys bought from Petwell are fine if you want to include your dog or cat in the celebrations but resist the urge to pick up any cute Easter themed knick-knacks. Toys designed for children are not suitable as they often contain stuffing that can block dogs intestines or sharp bits that can cause injury when chewed.
Chocolate is toxic for dogs so if you’re planning an Easter Egg Hunt in the house or garden, ensure your pet is safely somewhere else and that you store any Easter Eggs well out of their reach.
If your dog does snaffle some chocolate, do not hesitate to call your vet for advice. The seriousness of this depends on how much chocolate they’ve eaten and the quality of the chocolate. We usually give the dog an emetic to make them vomit, sometimes we also have to bring them into the hospital for intravenous fluids and blood tests.
Cats Are Attracted To Shiny Egg Wrapping
Treats can be high in sugar and fat and cause tummy upsets. Cats particularly are attracted to shiny things so ensure you throw away all the foil Easter Eggs are wrapped in as pets sometimes eat this and it can cause problems.
Taking an Easter Break?
If you are going away with your pet over Easter, consider using pheromone therapy with products such as Feliway or Adaptil. Alternatively, supplements such as Zylkene and Adaptil Express tablets for dogs should do the trick.
Depending on the advice of your vet, a plug-in, collar or spray may be most suitable. These can also really help your pet if you have to put them in a cattery or kennel too.
Emma the Vet
Notting Hill & Barons Court Vet