Dogs Trust

Advice for a cracking Easter

With Easter just a few days away, we are asking dog owners to be extra cautious of potentially poisonous food that are popular this time of year. Visits to the vet are avoidable if proper precautions are put in place.

The biggest toxic threat to dogs is consuming chocolate as it contains theobromine which can have fatal consequences. However, chocolate is not the only cause for concern this Springtime. Daffodils also pose risks as these beautiful Easter flowers can be toxic if consumed. Eating the bulbs, flowers or even drinking water from the vase can have similar effects to eating chocolate. The same can be said for hot-cross buns, another popular Easter treat, as ingesting even a small amount of raisins could lead to kidney failure.

Signs of poisoning in dogs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Tender abdomen
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excitability
  • Racing heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Tremors or in severe cases, seizures.

What to do in case of ingestion or suspected ingestion of dangerous items?

  • If you see your dog eating any of these items, or even if you suspect that this has happened, it is essential that you contact your vet immediately for advice and treatment.
  • The sooner veterinary treatment is implemented, the greater your dog’s chances of recovery.
  • Most practices have an emergency out of hours number so it might be a good idea to have this saved in your phone – just in case of an emergency.


Ways you CAN involve your dog in the fun over the Easter holidays:

*Get your dog their very own dog-friendly Easter egg.

Many pet shops will stock a dog friendly alternative to Easter eggs. These eggs are usually made from carob which is not harmful to dogs. We would suggest checking the ingredients to ensure your dog isn’t sensitive to any of the other contents. As with any dog treats, we recommend they are given in moderation to avoid causing an upset tummy.

*Create a dog-friendly Easter egg hunt.

You don’t necessarily need to use dog-friendly easter eggs to make a fun back garden egg hunt. Using your dog’s favourite treats, or even some toys that they love will encourage them to use their nose and seek out the treats. Please be careful when setting this up that there isn’t anything potentially poisonous on the Easter egg trail. If you are hosting this in your garden, please take a look at our list of some plants that are poisonous to dogs.


Wishing you, and your dog a happy and safe Easter.