It’s no longer news that chocolate is bad for dogs. Instead of rewarming this old trope for Easter, this week we’re sharing some suggestions on how to conduct an Easter egg hunt that your Madra is sure to be a part of too.
Of course, with extra chocolate around the house, you should be careful not to get it within your dog’s reach – even the best boy has a few tricks up his sleeve for getting something he shouldn’t have. Keep it out of sight and reach to avoid expensive and worrying trips to the vet next week.
Let children know that while sharing is caring, it is not good for a dog to share their Easter treats. Instead, they can have their own doggie treats.
One Easter tradition that could leave chocolate where dogs can find it is an Easter egg hunt. An alternative option is to use inedible eggs such as plastic or paper eggs. Often found in supermarkets and pound stores, these are an inexpensive solution.
Children can search for these eggs and exchange them like coupons for a chocolate egg from a supervising adult. This way the child can enjoy the Easter fun with their furry buddy and the dog is protected from poisonous treats that could prove to be harmful to their health. However, if your dog is likely to be trying to swallow plastic eggs, it may be best to try a different method or use other items in place of the eggs, such as a bowl of eggs. B. soft toys or tennis balls.
Perhaps you’d rather have your child look for traditional chocolate eggs? In this case, two separate hunts can take place: one in which the child searches for chocolate and one in which the dog searches for animal-friendly treats with the help of a child.
If your dog is highly driven by food or can smell different scents well, you can fill his toys with treats and hide them in your home or garden. A Kong toy filled with peanut butter or dog biscuit is a great choice and will leave them with full bellies and wagging tails.
If you have two separate hunts make sure you keep an eye on the items hidden for each one. You don’t want a disappointed child who keeps finding sticky peanut butter treats, and you definitely don’t want to discover that your dog is chewing on improperly placed chocolate.
If the worst happens and your dog consumes chocolate, contact your veterinarian right away. Since it is a bank holiday weekend, many practices are closed. So keep your veterinarian’s emergency contact number on your phone just in case.