A Happy Easter, But A Sad Stomach. Fetch These Safe Holiday Tips!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

By Maltipoo Lilly

Fun for the two-legged kids on Easter weekends can cause stress and harm to our four-legged children. Between Easter baskets full of candy (usually chocolate), dyed or plastic eggs hidden in the yard, and friends and family coming and going all day, we need to be proactive towards our pups.

First, let’s deal with the danger in the baskets. Chocolate will cause upset stomachs, diarrhea, and if the chocolate is of a high enough cocoa content percentage, it can cause death.  Which nobody would ever want for there dog.

  • Have your pups on leash where you can see them.
  • Make sure everyone knows the problems candy can cause.
  • Know how to use the command “Leave It”.


Next, let’s tackle the issue of dyed and plastic Easter eggs hidden in the yard and house. I know this will add a step to your hiding, but make sure you have an accurate count of how many of each are hidden. While hardboiled eggs are not a bad thing for them to eat, they can cause diarrhea. The plastic ones are much more of an issue. They are usually filled with candy or money, which can cause a far worse problem if our pup gets a hold of one.
  • Use the leash during the hunt (either held by a child during the hunt of a parent watching the fun go down).
  • If you can't use the leash at this time, the pup can use this as down time in their kennel. It’s not mean to exclude the pup from the fun, especially if the pup isn’t ready to handle all that activity. It is much better to put them in confinement until later, than to be upset with their behaviour during the hunt.
  • Include your dog in the fun! You could also hide bones or treats in the yard for your dog to hunt. Including the pup in the fun always makes it more enjoyable.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!
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