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  • March 31st, 2024
    Written by: Kimberly

    For those that celebrate, Happy Easter! We hope you had a wonderful time with your family. But we also want to remind you that, as fun as Easter can be, it can also be a dangerous time for pets!

    During Easter, we hide plastic, easy to open eggs all around your yards, filled with candy and chocolate. Those goodies, which may include not only chocolate, but other potentially very toxic ingredients, like Xylitol (found in some marshmallows and other sweets), are extremely deadly to dogs and other animals – so much so that even a small amount can cause life threatening issues.

    We send out children to find those eggs, but we have no way of knowing that they were all found:

    • Some eggs may have been left in a really good hiding space.
    • Other eggs may have broken open, leaving the candy behind.
    • Some eggs may have been dropped or moved when the child ran around.

    We might not know where all the eggs and candy are, but our dogs don’t find things with their eyes. They find things with their noses, and their noses are going to be able to sniff out these items no matter how well they are hidden from public view – even if it is as small as a tiny mint that dropped into the grass.

    It is always a good idea to assume that some eggs or candy was left behind somewhere, and to make sure that we have combed through our entire yard – NOT just where we left the eggs behind, but also where they may have fallen, so that we can make sure that we have completely and thoroughly picked up after our kids, and made sure that the place is safe for our pets.

    You can learn more about Xylitol and dog health here: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/xylitol-toxicity-in-dogs

    You can also earn more about chocolate and dog health here: https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/chocolate-poisoning-in-dogs

    So, if you enjoyed any Easter activities at your home in or around your yard, even if you think you or the kids got everything during the Easter Egg hunt, make sure that you give it one or two extra looks, even in places the eggs weren’t hidden. You never know where a stray candy may have ended up, and if you find it, you could be saving your dog’s life.