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Easter Safety Tips For Your Dog

Easter is a time of chocolate bunnies, Easter egg hunts and family dinners.  Holidays are a lot of fun but there are things about each holiday that can cause some safety issues for your dog.  Easter is no exception.

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Easter Safety Tips For Your Dog

Keep Your Dog Away From Chocolate

There is no shortage of chocolate at Easter, from chocolate bunnies to chocolate eggs.  Probably my favorite part about Easter! But when you have chocolate, you have to take precautions around your dog.  Chocolate can be toxic to dogs.  Dark chocolate and unsweetened bitter chocolate are the most toxic for dogs but milk chocolate can make them sick too.  If you suspect that your dog has ingested some of those chocolate Easter treats, call your vet immediately.

Chocolate can make your dog very sick.  The symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abnormal heart rates, hyperactivity or even seizures.  If your dog displays any of the symptoms of eating chocolate, take him to your vet right away.

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Do Not Use Plastic Grass For Easter Baskets

With Easter, comes Easter baskets!  Something to watch out for is the plastic grass that is used to decorate Easter baskets.  This plastic grass can be tempting to your dog.  If your dog happens to chew up and eat the plastic grass from your Easter basket, it could cause a blockage.  And some blockages will require surgery.  This is not a nice way to spend your Easter.

The symptoms to watch for, if you think that your dog has ingested some of the plastic grass from your Easter basket, are vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, discomfort or pain, or bloating.  If your dog shows any of these symptoms it is best to get him checked out by your vet.

There are some alternatives to plastic grass that are safer for your dog.  Instead of using plastic grass, try colored shredded paper or tissue paper.  It looks just as nice but is much safer for your dog.

Keep Your Lilies Out Of Reach Of Your Dog

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While Easter Lilies are highly toxic to cats, they aren’t as dangerous to dogs unless they ingest a large quantity of them.  They can however cause some side effects if eaten by your dog.  This includes vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration.  Typically, the symptoms will clear up on their own but if your dog has eaten a lot of your Easter lily or vomits excessively, is lethargic or shows signs of being in distress you will want to get him checked out by your vet.

Before bringing any plant into your home when you have pets, research the plant to find out if it is toxic to your pets.  If you can’t find out any information about the plant, it’s best to be cautious and keep it away from your pets or don’t bring it into your home or yard.

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As with any day of the year, always watch for things that could be potential dangers for your dog.  Dogs are curious and like to check things out.  Make sure not to leave anything laying around that could harm your dog, even if you feel that your dog won’t touch it.  It’s always best to be safe rather than sorry, especially when it comes to the safety of our beloved pets.

So, keep our Easter safety tips in mind and enjoy your Easter holiday!

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