Whilst this Easter will be very different, due to social distancing measures in place, along with restrictions on travel, you will hopefully be able to enjoy some of the elements of the Easter break with your dog. If you do manage to get hold of some Easter eggs and other assorted Easter treats, take a look at some advice to ensure your dog stays happy and healthy.
Firstly, things to watch out for...
Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, and can be a common occurance at this time of year. Chocolate contains a chemical which can be poisonous to dogs, and most other animals too. Although different types of chocolate vary in their levels of poison to a dog, with dark chocolate being the worst, you are best to steer clear of your dog ingesting any type of chocolate.
Hot Cross Buns
Raisins, sultanas, currants and grapes are all toxic to dogs. Therefore keep any hot cross buns stored in your house well away from access by your dogs.
When bulbs are beginning to flower at this time of year, be careful your dog doesn't eat them. For example, ingesting daffodils or tulips can cause vomiting, stomach upset and salivation however can progress to be a lot more serious.
If You Think Your Dog Has Been Poisoned
Phone you vetinary practice immediately, if you suspect your dog has eaten anything which could be poisonous. Do not try to make your dog sick, as this could cause additional problems. Try to have the information available on what poison you think your dog has been exposed to, how much they may have had, how long ago it happened, and what effects you have noticed on your dog. Having this information available to the vet could be vital in helping them prepare the effective response.
Now, let us look at some ways you can care for your dog...
Give Your Dog Some Love
Use the warmer weather as the perfect excuse to give your dog a good groom. Brush out all of their old winter coat, give them a bath or take them along to the groomers.
Parasites - Fleas and Ticks
The warmer weather brings with it the increased chance of your dog picking up forms of parasites, such as fleas and ticks. Ensure you have provided effective flea and tick prevention treatment, and regularly take a look over their skin and coat, particularly after you have been out on a walk.
The above are important factors to consider at this time of year. This year, particularly, be careful with your dog so as not to put extra pressure on vets, who should only be contacted in an emergency and in all cases initially by phone. Look after your dog and make sure they are happy, whilst we all have to stay at home.