With Easter just around the corner, many of our thoughts will be turning to treats like chocolate, egg hunts, or maybe a roast lunch with the family. But before your dog joins in the celebrations, read our guide to which Easter foods are safe for them to eat – and which to avoid!
As with most meats, lamb is an excellent source of protein. This makes it a healthy and delicious food for your dog to sink their teeth into. Make sure to remove any bones – which may splinter in their mouths – and fatty skin, which is bad for their digestion.
Vegetables make great low-calorie snacks for dogs. Broccoli, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas and spinach are all high in vitamins in fibre, and perfect additions to your dog’s diet.
However, garlic and onions are toxic to dogs, and can wreak havoc on their kidneys. Even if your veg has been cooked with just a hint of garlic, make sure you keep it away from your dog.
For an extra-special, veg-packed Easter treat, try whipping up our cracking carrot cake recipe for your dog.
Cooked eggs are high in proteins and fatty acids, but should be an occasional treat. This article tells you all you need to know about feeding your dog eggs safely.
Hot cross buns
While they may be an Easter staple for us humans, the raisins and sultanas in hot cross buns are harmful for our dogs – even causing kidney failure. So make sure not to share anything containing these dried fruits with your dog.
For humans, it’s often the main appeal of Easter – for dogs, it can be dangerous. Never give your dogs Easter eggs made for humans. Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which can have all sorts of nasty side effects for your dog.
If you’re having an Easter egg hunt, keep your dog indoors until all the eggs are found. They don’t have to miss out on the fun though, why not make your dog their very own Easter egg?
As always, if you’re worried your dog has eaten something they shouldn’t, please contact your vet.