Common sense tips can keep every member of your family safe at the party.
Social gathering guidelines may mean smaller Easter celebrations this year with residents opting for backyard parties with the family, including their pets. Still, no-bunny wants to spend the holiday at an emergency vet clinic so Animal Care Services is offering some tips for you and your pet to have an eggs-ceptional holiday:
* What's an Easter celebration without dyed eggs? As an occasional treat, pets can enjoy hardboiled eggs, but care should be taken if they want to ingest the shell of Easter eggs. Aside from the possibly toxic dye, eggshells themselves are rich in calcium which can cause a nutritional imbalance for your pets if eaten in excess. Pet parents should avoid feeding raw egg due to the threat of E. coli and salmonella.
* Ham can be a hazard. This standard Easter fare is delicious but high in calories and fat which can lead to diarrhea or even pancreatitis for our pets.
* Mashed potatoes and green beans are yum for some, but can cause stomach upset for our pets. That's because ingredients like butter or milk can trigger lactose intolerance in both dogs and cats.
* Common flavorings like garlic and onion can be toxic for pets. If your dish calls for either of these savories, ensure your pet doesn't do a taste test.
* Doing some holiday grilling? San Antonio pet guardians should not feed barbeque meats which can cause tummy trouble and possible choking. Poultry bones are always a no-no (and watch your pet around the grill because that BBQ smells amazing!).
* Sweets like candy, cookies and cake cause a pet's blood sugar to drop, a dangerous condition which can lead to liver failure and even death. Common Easter treat ingredients like chocolate, marshmallow and the artificial sweetener Xylitol are poisonous to pets.
* Alcohol, even a sip or two, is very dangerous for dogs and cats.
* Homemade or store-bought pet friendly Easter treats (and toys!) can keep your pet occupied and away from the temptation of "people food." Better yet, give them an out-of- the-way place to enjoy their goodies!
* Doing an Easter egg hunt or hosting a gathering at your home? Pets may act out with the increased activity; especially if they're nervous around children. Always supervise children around your pets-Most bite cases are connected to owned pets.
* Easter baskets should be kept out of reach of pets who will naturally be curious about their contents. Candies, toys, plastic eggs and even the basket filler can be harmful if ingested.
* Cascarones are a holiday tradition but the noise, laughter (and resultant mess) can be a concern if you have pets. Pet parents should never crack a confetti egg on their dog or cat as they could trigger aggressive behavior or injury.
* Costumes and bunny ears on your pet can make for insta-worthy pics but not all dogs and cats are into it. In fact, many pets react badly to being dressed up. Do a test run before the guests arrive and consider a simple bandana or embellished collar instead.
* Cleanup is never fun, but it can be downright dangerous for curious pets. Always dispose of food containers, candy wrappers, ribbons and boxes that can catch the eye (and nose) of your dog or cat. Tell the children as well.
Concern over the "don't list" doesn't have to dominate time with your pet this holiday. Easter-themed pet toys and accessories are readily available at many local retailers and online. Additionally, easy, nutritious recipes for homemade dog and cat treats can be found on numerous websites. The best tip of all though is free: a little pre-planning and common sense paired with some playtime and a walk or two can result in an eggs-ceptional Easter for the entire family.