Tuesday, April 3, 2012

5 Festive Tips for Easter with Furry Friends

Bunny rabbits and baby chicks are seen everywhere at Easter time. Here at CanadaVet.com this special holiday reminds us just how lucky we are to be pet owners of such adorable animals. Follow these 5 tips to spend Easter with your pet, safely.



1. Find Egg-cellent Recipes

Ignore those pleading puppy-dog eyes this Easter – because any chocolate treat is toxic for your pets! Include your pet in Easter feasts by buying them pet-friendly treats or baking them a pet-friendly special sweet instead. There is a multitude of homemade pet food recipes available online. Enable your pet to share in the festive fun by preparing their food so it resembles an Easter egg. This recipe is a tasty example:

Dog’s Breakfast Brown Bake

  • Preheat an oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Gather 6 cups of white rice flour, 1/8 cup of peanut oil, 1/8 cup of margarine, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 4 ounces of carob chips, melted with 1 cup of water, ¼ cup of molasses, ½ cup of powdered milk. 
  • First stir all the dry ingredients in a bowl, then add the wet ingredients and mix until blended. The resulting dough will be stiff. 
  • Chill it in the fridge then use a rolling pin until the dough is ½ inch thick. 
  • Use an oval shaped cookie cutter or try your hand at cutting Easter egg shapes in the dough with a knife. 
  • Place biscuits on a greased tray and bake for 1 hour.

2. Treat your Pet with a New Toy

As you treat yourself to some chocolate this Easter, treat your pet to a new toy. Let them share in the festivities of the holidays, by giving them an Easter themed toy, such as a Kong Biscuit Ball or toy Shaped like an egg and filled with yummy treats, your dog will enjoy all the trimmings of an Easter treat, without threatening their health.



3. Watch out for Decorative Disasters


Decorations such as Easter grass and foil egg wrappers can prove fatal for pets, if ingested. Easter grass can become twisted in their intestines, cutting off circulation and may require surgery for removal. Use tissue paper as a safer decorative alternative. Be sure to keep an eye on pets at all times during celebrations with friends.


4. Put all Eggs in an Easter Basket


Count all your chocolate eggs before hiding them for an Easter hunt, to ensure every egg is retrieved. A forgotten foil-wrapped egg may prove poisonous for your pet. Have an Easter basket or bin ready to collect rubbish as chocolate is unwrapped.


5. Remember, No Lilies for Kitty

We all like to stop and smell the flowers, especially now that it’s mid spring, but be careful when bringing beautiful bouquets home. The Easter lily is available in abundance over this yummy holiday but the flower can prove fatal for felines if ingested. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, loss of appetite and depression which, if left untreated, will result in kidney failure. If you believe your cat may have consumed any part of an Easter lily, call your local veterinarian immediately.


 
Happy Easter to Everybody from CanadaVet.com

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