Easter Safety & Activities for Dogs

As you’re getting ready for the arrival of the Easter Bunny, don’t forget to plan for how your dog will be involved in the holiday. Many of our favorite Easter treats and traditions can be dangerous for our dogs, but with some preparation, you’ll be able to enjoy your family traditions and keep your dog safe at the same time.

Unfortunately, most of our favorite Easter treats are dangerous for our dogs. Some of these foods like chocolate bunnies are toxic for dogs, and others are dangerous because they are usually prepared with ingredients like onions, garlic, or xylitol which are toxic to dogs.

Don’t Share Your Meal

Many families enjoy having a drink at Easter but it’s important to not let your dog have a lick. Alcohol is toxic to dogs so make sure to keep glasses containing alcohol in locations where your dog can’t reach them.

Watch Your Glass

Easter egg hunts are fun for kids and families, but it’s a good idea to prevent your dog from getting involved. The energy of children running, laughing, yelling, and racing to grab eggs can be overstimulating for many dogs.

Egg Hunt Dangers

Dogs who don’t understand the festivities may begin to chase Easter egg hunters. Dogs may also grab eggs themselves, and the excitement of the hunt could trigger resource guarding from dogs who might not want to relinquish the eggs they find and won’t understand that the treasures aren’t for them.

The primary safety issue of Easter egg hunts for dogs is the plastic eggs, and everything put inside them. Dogs can grab and open the plastic eggs, possibly chewing or swallowing the plastic which could cut their mouth or cause an obstruction.

Easter Lilies are beautiful but they shouldn’t be brought into homes with pets. Lilies are very popular gifts during the Easter season, but they are highly toxic to cats, and can lead to kidney failure. In addition, lilies can be toxic to our dogs so it’s best to avoid having any in the home to prevent your dog from having access to them.

Avoid Easter Lilies

If you’re going to be creating and gifting Easter baskets, keep the baskets, you make in a location where your dog cannot reach. Classic Easter treats like chocolate bunnies and chocolate eggs are toxic to dogs.

Supervise Easter Baskets

Although many Easter traditions and gifts can be dangerous for our dogs, there are safe and enjoyable ways to involve your dog with the Easter festivities. You can make your dog their own Easter basket to open on Easter morning (with help and supervision).

Dog Easter Baskets

Giving your dog their own Easter egg hunt is a fun way to include your dog in the holiday. Hide small pieces of your dog’s favorite treats, or toys around a room in your house, or in a fenced yard.

Dog Safe Easter Egg Hunt

If you’re having small Easter festivities with your immediate family, or a larger Easter gathering it’s important to supervise your dog to make sure they are comfortable, especially around children.

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