This Easter, be careful not to fill your home with dangerous food for dogs. What we perceive to be scrumptious and indulgent snacks are actually quite lethal for our furry friends! These particular Easter foods may have ingredients or content that can make your pooch very ill and create a nasty mess for you to clear up!
Heard of the myth that chocolate isn’t good for dogs? Well guess what! It actually is true.
Chocolate is known for the high caffeine content and an ingredient called Theobromine (a part of the cacao plant) that can throw off a dogs’ stomach easily. If eaten, chocolate can eventually, if not immediately depending on the quantity consumed, cause vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, and in worse cases, hospitalisation or death. It’s safe to say that it’s best not to leave Easter eggs or bunnies laying around!
It’s debatable as to whether your dog can consume goods with high dairy content. It is all dependant on your dogs digestive system, where some dogs can easily digest dairy foods whilst others undergo symptoms.
Dairy foods include ice cream, milk and cheese that can possibly cause gas, diarrhoea or vomiting for some dogs. This is due to the primary ingredient of lactose that some dogs’ systems can’t digest, just like us humans.
Amongst your Easter goodies (biscuits and chocolates), you may have products that have traces of nuts, or in particular macadamia nuts.
Dogs have been reported with signs of vomiting, ataxia (lack of coordination), fever, muscle tremors and depression associated with a non-fatal syndrome. The ingredient or chemical that causes all these symptoms is still unknown but you should keep any products containing macadamia nuts out of your pooch’s reach.
Grapes and Raisins
Easter festivities may include hot cross buns embedded with sultanas and raisins. Delicious and tantalising to our taste buds but extremely harmful for our pets!
Like dairy products, this is also a food product that depends on the dogs digestive system. Sultanas and raisins have been associated with the kidney failure with dogs, with the core reasons still unknown. Dogs can also vomit excessively, pertain to have lethargy or diarrhoea within 12 hours of ingestion. It is best to consult a vet before feeding any foods containing this ingredient.
Easter is filled with sugar-high foods including chocolates, cakes, muffins and many more. These high sugar content foods better not reach your paw friend! Any food with high sugar content can lead to prolonged dental issues, obesity and even diabetes. So it’d be best to avoid feeding Fido any of the left overs.
If you’re planning on going away these Easter holidays, ensure that your pet has the same amount of fun that you do! Find the perfect sitter for your pooch now!