Mar 28
curious dog

4 Ways To Avoid Dog Toxicities This Easter

Chocolate and sultanas are two example of toxic foods for dogs, and are both commonly associated with Easter. Here are some easy ways to make sure your dog is exposed to them.

1. Easter baskets in high places

Dogs love chocolate. Chocolate doesn’t love dogs. The two don’t mix, so it’s best to keep temptation well out of reach. Stash your choccies way up high, or lock them away altogether. (This may be helpful advice for humans too!)

2. Be mindful on Easter egg hunts

As much as we’d love our dogs to join in, we need to keep them confined safely during an egg-hunt, from the moment chocolate is hidden to the moment it’s been found. Keep them inside (or outside, depending on where your hunt is). Or if it’s too heartbreaking, be sure to pop them on a lead so you can stop any unexpected nibbles. Pssst, parents: remember where you’ve stashed all the chocolates so nothing gets left behind.

3. Educate their besties ( the little humans)

Keep a close eye on all kids, furry or not. It’s common for little humans to drop their treats or leave them on low tables, allowing their opportunistic furry counterparts to take full advantage. Make clean-ups a regular thing and avoid wrappers being left behind (they’ll eat those too). And if your babies are old enough, try to explain why it’s important: we don’t want our pup getting sick.

4. Don’t be fooled by puppy dog eyes!

Our pups love the taste as much as we do. Unfortunately for their little tummies however, even the tiniest amount isn’t worth it.

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Dr. Claire Jenkins

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.