Easter Safety Tips For Dog Owners

easter pet safetyEaster Sunday and April Fool’s Day are fast approaching — both on Sunday, April 1. Easter typically is a time for hiding and finding brightly-colored and dyed Easter eggs, Sunday finery and a time for friends and family to gather for a meal together.

We want everyone to have a safe, happy and dog-bite free Easter Sunday and that is NOT an April Fool’s! Here are our best tips for having a happy Easter!

Easter Safety Tips For Dog Owners

Chocolate is deadly. Keep all chocolate away from your dogs. If you’re hiding Easter baskets for the children to find, you may want to put the candy out of reach of the dogs and give it to the children afterward. Chocolate can lead to hyperactivity, seizures and elevated heart rate in your dog. Note: the foil that many Easter candy is wrapped in is dangerous as well.

Avoid using Easter grass. Easter grass brightens up a basket, but if your dog or cat gets some and chews on it and ingests it it can be dangerous. Instead of Easter grass, use tissue paper.

Xylitol is toxic. The sugar substitute, xylitol, is toxic to pets, but because it is sweet, they will want to eat it. Xylitol is found in candy, gum, some baked goods and peanut butter. If your pet eats food with xylitol in it, it can lead to seizures and liver failure.

Easter lilies. This plant is beautiful, traditional and deadly to your pets – especially cats. If your cat or dog eats this plant it can cause vomiting, lethargy and potentially death.

Say no to table scraps. When you have a houseful of guests they may not be able to resist feeding your adorable dog a table scrap or two. Make sure you tell your guests that your dogs are not allowed to eat from the table. Many of the ingredients used in human foods are not healthy for your dogs.

For your dog’s sake. To protect your guests from a potential bite from your dog, you may want to find a safe and quiet place to keep your dog during the festivities. If your dog is not accustomed to children or strangers in the house, he may be happier if he was in his crate or in another room with a special treat. Many times dog bites can be avoided if the dog was removed from a situation in which he may be stressed and may bite – even though he has never shown any aggressive tendencies.

Children may not know how to behave around pets and may put their faces right into your dogs’ face and the child may get bitten simply because your dog is nervous.

Keep everyone safe, including your beloved dog by keeping him away from the human festivities. Shower him with love after everyone has gone home – he will thank you for it.





About FIDO ~ There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.

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