Just like any major holiday, there are certain foods and activities that can be harmful to dogs on Easter. However, there are also some fun activities that you can include your dog in. Check out some great ideas and read a list of Easter foods that are harmful or okay for your dog to eat.
Creating a Dog Friendly Easter
Easter Egg Hunt: Last year, I put together an Easter egg hunt at the local dog park for my small breed meet up group. It was an absolute blast! Each person brought a small bag of plastic eggs filled with dogs treats and we hid them around the park behind chairs, benches, beds and doggy pools. Believe it or not, the dogs walked around and picked up the eggs with their mouths! Some of the dogs were even able to open the eggs and get the treats out. This is something you can do in your house or backyard, and I’d highly recommend it. It’s so much fun to watch! Just be sure that your dog doesn’t try to eat the plastic eggs.
Easter basket: Just as moms do for their human children, I put together an Easter basket filled with goodies for Wynston last year. This year since we have Khloee, it will be double the fun! You can put items in there such as toys, treats, dental sticks or any various items your dog might love! Need some tips on putting together the perfect basket? I have this post for your reference!
Can my dog eat these Easter foods?
- Marshmallow Peeps: I love Peeps. They are a must have in my house during Easter. I prefer the plain ones – not all these crazy flavors that are out this year. Anyways, marshmallows are okay for dogs to injest in very small portions. I have given Khloee and Wynston a tiny bite of my Peeps and they love it, but what DON’T they love? Not comfortable giving your dog Peeps? Add a cute Peep toy to their Easter basket this year!
- Hard boiled colored eggs: Your dog can absolutely eat hard boiled eggs. Here’s a great article supporting this from PetMD. The food coloring (if you color eggs during Easter) won’t hurt them. Just make sure there isn’t anything harmful on the eggs such as stickers.
- Easter grass: Don’t let your dog get hold of plastic Easter grass. It is non-digestible and can get caught in the intestines, which can lead to blockage. For your dog’s Easter basket, opt for tissue paper, paper grass or no grass at all.
- Chocolate: Most of us know to keep chocolate away from our dogs. Dark chocolate is the most deadly, due to the caffeine content. Keep it far away from your dogs!
- Easter lilies: While lilies are not proven to be toxic to dogs, they can be deadly if cats eat them. I have cats and dogs, so lilies won’t come anywhere near my house just in case!
Do you plan to make an Easter basket for your pets this year? What kind of Easter activities do you enjoy?