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Happy Easter from 4-Legger!

Easter means different things to people and how ever you choose to celebrate this Easter holiday, here are some tips for keeping your pets safe during your celebration activities.

Many of us will enjoy a good Easter dinner with loved ones. While it's tempting to let the dogs have "just a bite", it's important to know that there are some foods that should always be avoided.  As a timely reminder we put together this quick list of foods to avoid:   

Avocado, bones, chocolate, fat and trimmings, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, mushrooms, onions, garlic, sugary foods and yeast dough.

Some of these are more likely than others to turn up at Easter dinner, so be cautious about allowing your pets to partake - and be especially careful to supervise children who might not understand that they shouldn't feed the dog certain foods.

Speaking of kids - Easter is usually decorated with all kinds of things that can be very harmful to your dog.  Think about the chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies that will make the kids very happy (and probably a little hyper), but should be kept away from any 4-Leggers.  Even hard-boiled eggs that have been decorated can be dangerous especially if you have an Easter egg hunt and hide some in the yard.  Be sure to keep a count of how many you hide so that all eggs can be accounted for when the hunt is over.  A fresh hard-boiled egg poses no danger, but if one is forgotten or not found during the Easter egg hunt, it can go bad and become dangerous for your dog to find several days later. Even plastic eggs pose a risk since they are colorful and look like they could be a fun toy to play with.  The plastic most eggs are made with is thin and not durable so a playful pup could easily crush and eat the sharp plastic which could be harmful resulting in a very expensive vet visit! Another thing to be careful with is the fake Easter grass that most people use to line their Easter baskets. Plastic grass is not digestible and can wreak havoc on your dog's digestive system should they swallow it.

Following these simple tips will make sure your holiday stays fun and meaningful for everybody - including the 4-Legger kids in your family!

Happy Easter from all of us at 4-Legger!