The beautiful days continue with the arrival of Easter and the search for eggs.
A convivial and pleasant moment to spend with your family and your dog.
However, some precautions must be taken so that this moment is a success for everyone.
The house and the garden will be filled with chocolates and sweets to delight the taste buds of children.
We are therefore going to give you some precautions to take in order to protect your canine friends from the various dangers that may be present during this festive day in our eyes.
CHOCOLATE AND THE DOG
Many know this, but we might as well give a little reminder:
Chocolate is toxic to dogs.
A tiny dose will have no impact, but in high doses or distributed on a regular basis, it can become dangerous very quickly.
Many poisonings occur each year following the gluttony of our darlings.
Where does toxicity come from?
Chocolate is made from cocoa and cocoa contains theobromine.
It is a dangerous substance because it attacks the nervous system. Dark chocolate is therefore the most risky for Titou.
The toxic amount for a dog of about 20 kg would be 25g of dark chocolate. Be careful not to leave a tablet lying around on the table.
How to recognize poisoning?
Your dog may experience vomiting and diarrhea, seizures, abnormal agitation and/or difficulty breathing.
How to react to this situation if it happens?
Call your veterinarian or a poison control center immediately explaining the emergency. There is no antidote for chocolate poisoning, but your veterinarian can provide symptomatic treatment depending on your dog’s condition.
PLASTIC DECORATIVE ELEMENTS
Themed decorations are all the rage these days. It is easy to find small plastic animals or pretty wicker baskets to decorate the house for the occasion.
However, this can attract Titou who risks chewing and swallowing them, risking intestinal obstruction.
It will therefore be necessary to be vigilant on the place of the decoration to avoid a visit to the veterinarian! Prefer high places, out of reach of your dog.
SPEND EASTER DAY WITH FAMILY AND DOG
The dog is now part of our family, of our everyday lives.
We want to share our daily activities with him and that’s completely normal.
How to correctly include it in this Easter egg search day?
Instead of giving him chocolate to search in the garden, you can hide delicious treats to give him a mental and physical activity.
He will therefore use his truffle and enjoy the sun with you.
Lock up Titou while he searches for the children with the chocolates to avoid an accident and then give him his own time so that he can enjoy an activity with you in the garden or the house.
This activity can be shared with the whole family. Some can occupy the dog while others hide treats or chews in the yard.
You can also encourage the dog to search and congratulate him warmly when he finds one of his treasures.
You can also decorate Easter eggs ahead of time with your family.
Children can paint them and the dog can put his paw on them with water-based paint that is safe for him, to add a touch of originality!
It is also possible to immortalize this moment by taking funny photos of your dog next to the basket of eggs in the company of your children.
This will allow you to work on the educational bases while keeping a good memory of this moment with your family.
To conclude, I would say that celebrating Easter is an activity that it is quite possible to share with your dog, so as to include him more and more in the family circle.
All you have to do is take a few precautions for everyone’s safety, and it will be a pleasant time for everyone and one that will make good memories together!