If you have children, one of the brightest moments of spring might be the Easter Bunny's arrival. In many houses, the Easter Bunny arrives with baskets filled with goodies. These baskets are often filled with plastic Easter grass in spring colors bringing us ideas of new life, color, renewal, and spring. These baskets are also often filled with chocolate treats which can be enticing to your dog. Some families celebrate Easter as the opening of Spring by planting new plants in their gardens or by giving plants as gifts to friends and family. If you have a dog, you should know how to celebrate the joys of Easter and the renewal of spring while keeping your dog protected.
Dogs cannot digest plastic. Their bodies do not absorb plastic. Long plastic Easter grass can become entangled and lodged within your dog's gastrointestinal tract, causing a multitude of issues. If your dog consumes plastic Easter grass, you may notice your dog vomiting and having a loss of appetite, lethargy, pain in their stomach, or diarrhea. This Easter grass can become entwined around intestines, it can become lodged and stuck within your dog’s intestines, and it can wreak havoc on your dog's body. You may want to put in a request to the Easter Bunny to steer clear of these grasses so you can keep your dog safe. Also, enticing to many dogs, especially puppies, will be the treats located inside the Easter baskets such as chocolates. Chocolates in large doses can be toxic to dogs, especially small dogs.
Easter baskets are usually full of chocolates and candies. Dark chocolates can be especially more dangerous than lighter milk chocolates. Keep these treats away from your dog. The toxicity level will vary depending on the kind of chocolates. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for your dog. All chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine, which can be extremely harmful to your dog. Also, xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free candies and chewing gums that can be extremely toxic to dogs. Other candies in excess can certainly upset your dog's stomach and cause vomiting and diarrhea as well. So, it is best to keep your dog away from all those Easter treats.
Mini toys made specifically for holidays tend to be small, plastic, and cheaply made. These novelty toys can be enticing to your dog but can also break into sharp tiny pieces easily. Small toys which fit into plastic Easter eggs or the eggs themselves can potentially become a hazard for your dog. If your dog chews on these toys, they can become sharp, rigid, hard plastic pieces that your dog ingests, creating an internal laceration hazard for your dog's gastrointestinal system. These toys can also pose a choking hazard as well. Watch your dog around any novelty toys.
Easter for many people is often the start of spring planting season. As you plant new flowers and bushes in your yards or gardens or as you receive Easter plants, educate yourself on what plants are safe for your dog. We often hear about Easter lilies and their toxicity to cats, but because the Easter lily is the most common plant given as gifts around Easter time we are not often taught about plants that may be toxic to your dog. Other seasonal plants, such as oleander, are important to watch out for. Oleander is a poisonous flower often planted in the spring in warm climates that contains poisons which can affect your dog's heart. As you are planting your spring garden around Easter time, be sure to research any new plants you may have and watch your dog carefully as he explores his new surroundings.
Easter should be a time to celebrate. Whether you are enjoying family celebrations, religious celebrations, or simply excited that the Easter Bunny came to visit your house, Easter is a time of renewal, to enjoy spring, and a time to celebrate life. In this joyous renewing of spring, keep your dog safe so you can continue the celebration and enjoy the season without a trip to the emergency animal hospital.