Easter Fun with your Pet

We can’t believe it either, it’s almost Easter! The time of the year we get to indulge in chocolate and spend time with our loved ones (including our pets!) But how can you get your pet into the Easter spirit? Here are three great ways you can get them involved in your celebrations!

Dress ups

There’s no doubt that dress ups help us get into the festive spirit. Whether you like to go all out with your festive outfits, or you prefer subtle chic styling – dolling your pets up and having a little photoshoot is a great way to get them involved this Easter.  If you’re having some trouble photographing your pets, read our top tips for getting the perfect picture every time.

Take a break

The Easter long weekend is a great opportunity to take a break, kick back and relax! Why not make the most of a few days off by taking your pet on some extra long walks, head to a new dog park, check out that local pet-friendly cafe you’ve been meaning to try or snuggle into bed and watch a few of your favourite films with your furry friend by your side.

Easter Egg Hunt

There’s no reason why your pet can’t be a part of all of the fun and games! Here’s a few ways you can get them involved in your Easter egg hunts!

  • Ice treats! If the weather’s still warm enough, head down to your local supermarket and pick up an Easter-themed cake mould and put together an icy-treat for your pet! Freeze some of their favourite treats in the water to keep them occupied for hours!
  • Grab your dog’s Kong and place some of their favourite treats inside, hide around the house or backyard, and watch as they get super excited when they find their Easter treats!
  • Many of us eat fish on Good Friday, so why not get your pets involved by sharing some yummy fish with them too! Cats in particular will love this special treat – from our experience a tin of tuna in spring water is a sure fire hit!

While we wish Easter was all fun and games, it’s important to keep your pets safe and away from any of the potential hazards that come with the holiday. Remember to keep any chocolates and sweets well out of your pets reach. Watch them around any decorations, and make sure to follow their cues – if they look uncomfortable in their new Easter costume, then take it off! Follow our guide and we promise, you’ll have an Easter you’ll never forget!

Easter with our Furry Friends

 

column_002_Easter-dogEaster is a time for celebration with the family, and even we are partial to an Easter Egg Hunt or two! But at Easter time, it’s important to plan ahead to avoid any nasty surprises, including consumption of chocolate by our dogs (and other unfavourable food and drinks including sultanas from hot-cross buns, caffeine and alcohol) that can have a potentially deadly affect on your dog.

Jetpets Vet Dr Lucy explains that “chocolate contains a chemical compound called theobromide and is toxic to our furry friends.” Therefore it is important to keep chocolate out of reach and when planning your Easter Egg Hunt, avoid hiding Easter eggs close to the ground if your dog is on the prowl! Remind your children and guests not to feed the dog any type of chocolate or toxic foods. Better yet? Make sure your dog is supervised at all times, so there is no chance for a sneaky snack on an Easter egg.

If your dog does manage to eat chocolate or another toxic substance, it is important to stay calm and contact a Vet immediately. There is a window of approximately 15 to 60 minutes after ingestion that a Veterinarian may be able to successfully flush the chocolate from the dog’s stomach.

Symptoms:

If you’re worried that your dog has eaten chocolate, these are the key symptoms Dr Lucy wants you to look out for:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity (restlessness, muscle twitching)
  • Lethargy
  • Inappetence and excessive thirst

Even if there are no signs and symptoms, if you suspect your furry friend has eaten some chocolate, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Vet for a thorough examination as this could save your dog’s life.