What to watch out for during Easter with your dog

Easter food

Easter Food is often both fat and salty. Too much fat can lead to pancreatitis which can manifest itself through abdominal pain and vomiting. Too much salt can poison your dog or cat. 

Much of the Easter Food contains onions, you can find it in everything from herring pickles to meatballs. All types of onions contain allicin, which is dangerous for dogs and cats and can cause severe anemia, which can, for example, manifest itself as fatigue, vomiting, and cramps.

Easter candy

What would Easter be without Easter eggs? In these eggs, we find everything from chocolate to nuts, a delicacy for us humans but a danger for our four-legged friends. 

  • Chocolate - contains theobromine which is toxic to both dogs and cats. The darker the chocolate, the higher the content of theobromine it contains, and the more dangerous the chocolate is for your dog.

  • Nuts - nuts can get stuck in the throat or in the gastrointestinal tract. Some nuts such as bitter almonds and macadamia nuts are also toxic to dogs. It is important to keep in mind that many nuts are also very salty, which can lead to salt poisoning.

  • Candy and sweets - sweets with xylitol, which is a sweetener found in many chewing gums, is something that dogs are very sensitive to. Xylitol increases insulin release and can lead to a severe drop in blood sugar.

Easter decorations

Gift strings, Easter decorations with feathers, and egg ornaments can be fun for a dog or cat to play with or chew on but can get stuck in the throat and intestines, which can cause severe injuries. It is therefore important that you keep all of the Easter decorations distanced from your pets.

Easter flowers

Both daffodils and tulips are toxic to dogs and cats. It is therefore important to think about where in the home you place the plants so that the animals can not reach them. Easter flowers are usually decorated with feathers which can attract a curious dog or cat.

The daffodil onion is particularly dangerous and can cause problems if eaten, but the rest of the flower can also lead to poisoning in both dogs and cats.

It is always important to keep an eye out for your dog or cat's mood - not just during holidays. Should the dog or cat become lethargic, start to tremble, vomit or behave strangely, you have to contact a veterinarian.

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