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Easter With Fido

Easter is just around the corner! It’s always great to celebrate the spring holiday with our family and friends. Just keep your dog’s safety in mind. Just like any other holiday, Easter can be dangerous for pets. Here, a London, ON vet offers tips on spending Easter with Fido.

Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the biggest pet safety concerns at this time of year. It’s very poisonous to our animal companions, and can even be fatal. Foil and plastic wrappers are also dangerous. These can choke frisky pups, and can cause serious internal injuries if ingested. Keep that candy bowl in a spot your furry buddy can’t reach.

Food

Many people are looking forward to delicious Easter feasts. It’s perfectly fine to give your pooch a special snack, but be careful with what you offer him. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruit, especially avocado; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw dough, meat, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything that contains xylitol.

Eggs

Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids. If you host one, double check after to be sure all the eggs were picked up. Although boiled eggs are safe, the dyes aren’t really great for dogs. Plus, the eggs will spoil quickly. Of course, that won’t necessarily stop Fido from trying to eat it.

Decorations

Many seasonal decorations are dangerous for our canine pals. Bouquets often contain flowers that are toxic to pets. Lilies, tulips, daffodils, irises, and gladiolas are all unsafe. You can find a full list of safe and unsafe plants on the ASPCA website here. Cardboard decorations, plastic eggs, and the plastic ‘grass’ from Easter baskets are also concerns. These things can pose serious choking risks to playful pups!

Parasites

Although Easter can sometimes be chilly, things start warming up quickly at this time of year. That means bugs and parasites will come out of hiding, and critters will be out and about. Make sure your canine companion is up to date with his vaccinations and parasite control.

Alcohol

Many people enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner. Just be sure to keep alcohol away from Fido. Even small amounts of booze are dangerous to Man’s Best Friend!

Happy Easter! Is your pup overdue for veterinary care? Please feel free to contact us, your London, ON vet clinic, anytime!

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