Easter dog safety tips: Here are the UK Kennel Club’s top tips for keeping your adorable pup happy and healthy this Easter

The data, collated and analyzed by Agria Pet Insurance, the Kennel Club’s insurance partner, reveals that in April, on average, the number of dogs poisoned by chocolate increased by 54% compared to other periods of the year, making it the second highest month. for complaints after the Christmas period.

These worrying figures have led the Kennel Club to warn owners of the risks of Easter and offer advice on dog safety this spring, including avoiding ticks and cattle.

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Bill Lambert, canine health expert at The Kennel Club, explained: “Many families and friends can celebrate Easter in larger groups this year, no longer needing to restrict numbers, and with more people owning dogs than ever before. before that, we want to remind all owners to keep a very close eye on their four-legged friends.

“Our furry companions can sniff out even the best hidden chocolate eggs and non-canine confectionery, as these disturbing new statistics show.

“As a society of dog lovers, we naturally want to include our pets as part of the festivities. However, to ensure that Easter remains happy and safe for everyone, we want to raise dog awareness.

new and experienced owners of some items that pose a particular hazard to dogs at this time of year.

The Kennel Club reminds owners, and those visiting homes with canine companions, to ensure that Easter remains a “pawsitive” experience for all of our dogs by following this advice.

Keeping your pup away from chocolate eggs this Easter is one of the most important things you can do to keep him happy and healthy.

Unfortunately, chocolate brings a not-so-sweet reality of illness to our dogs. Every Easter, thousands of dogs are rushed for emergency veterinary treatment due to the consumption of highly toxic chocolate. A dog’s keen sense of smell means our furry friends can all too easily sniff out and unwittingly put their paws on toxic food.

Homeowners can help by keeping track of all chocolates brought into the house and keeping them safely out of reach, high up and behind closed cupboard doors.

For those carrying on the traditions of a festive chocolate egg hunt, it is important that your dog is kept out of the way during this activity and ensure that all hidden chocolates are found before welcoming them back into the hunt. region.

Also keep an eye out for other traditional treats, like hot buns and Simnel cake, which usually contain grapes, raisins, currants, and sultanas, all of which are highly toxic to dogs.

Seasonal socialization

As we continue to meet in larger groups, many puppies and older dogs may have become accustomed to the loneliness of confinement and may become stressed when meeting new people, especially young and energetic children. Celebrations often bring new activities and more noises and smells for your furry friend, which can become overwhelming.

To avoid any seasonal stress and help your dog relax, continue his usual walking and feeding routine.

If you’re welcoming more people into your home, make sure your pup still has their usual personal space so they can retreat to their bed to relax whenever they need to.

Spring sees new plants bloom, both in the garden and on walks, and it’s important for owners to spot spring plants that may pose a particular danger to dogs.

Several common flowers including daffodils, tulips and spring crocuses can be poisonous to dogs, so be vigilant if your dog is in the garden, especially if you planted these bulbs earlier in the year.

If you suspect your dog has eaten poisonous plants, contact your veterinarian immediately and do not try to make your dog sick.

Meanwhile, snails, toads, ticks and vipers are more common in the spring and are potential health risks for dogs as they can cause infections, bites or stings.

While allowing your dog to go out and explore the world, be vigilant in checking his coat for ticks, especially after walks or games in the grass in the garden.

To help identify and eliminate ticks, or if your dog appears to have been bitten by an unfamiliar animal, contact your veterinarian for further advice.

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Warm spring days and work-free holidays can provide the opportunity for longer walks with the dog and exploration of new areas.

It is important before embarking on a new route to understand how to be responsible for yourself and your dog on country walks.

Easter and spring bring an abundance of wildlife and livestock to the countryside, especially during lambing season. Whenever you are near livestock, you should keep your dog on a leash, under control, and prevent your dog from approaching or pursuing any livestock or wildlife.

Be sure to check the latest local restrictions on dog walking areas and be aware that sometimes dogs are banned from areas such as beaches or fields during certain months, for everyone’s safety.

The Kennel Club has more tips for keeping your dog safe in the spring, including health tips, training tips and advice on your pup’s continued exploration of the big world – just visit www. thekennelclub.org.uk/pawbypaw.

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