Easter treats can harm pets! You should pay attention to this!

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Easter is coming, a time of family gatherings, good food, rest and great joy. How to spend these days so that they are also healthy for our four-legged family members? Many popular Easter treats are harmful to dogs and cats, so it’s important for their owners to know what to look out for to ensure the safety of their pets during Easter.

Easter inherently associated with partying in the company of loved ones, including undoubtedly our four-legged friends. What is tasty and healthy for humans may not be suitable for our pets. This is what you should think about at the Easter table when dogs and cats are with us.

Easter dishes that harm animals

Breakfast and Easter dinner traditionally mean a lot of roasted meats, fatty foods with the addition of garlic and onions, so it is important not to feed your pet with leftovers from the table. A diet that is too fatty can lead to digestive disorders and even severe pancreatitis in pets. Garlic and onion, in turn, can cause gastrointestinal irritation, anemia, and kidney failure. We should also never feed pets with bones, as they can cause damage to the mouth (e.g. teeth or gums) and lead to intestinal obstruction.

Sweets on the Easter table … and more

Please keep Easter cupcakes, mazurkas and other pastries away from our pets. What we associate with Christmas dishes is often not recommended for our animals: cocoa, raisins, macadamia nuts and xylitol. The latter is an artificial sweetener found in many foods, especially puddings, candies, baked goods and gums. Xylitol can lead to hypoglycemia and liver failure. That is why it is important to always keep human food out of the reach of animals.

Sweet treats can be found not only on the Easter table, but also in various unexpected places. Playing in search of hidden chocolate eggs, for example in the garden, is a tradition that came to us from Germany and which produces a lot of emotions, especially for children. However, we must remember to be extra careful during this period, if we are accompanied by animals.

Chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats. It contains theobromine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even kidney failure. Consuming a larger dose of chocolate all at once and eating small portions over a longer period of time is dangerous because theobromine builds up in the animal’s body. The more cocoa a certain product contains, the more harmful it is to our pets. For example, dark chocolate or cake coatings are definitely more dangerous than milk chocolate. Contact your vet for help if your pet has eaten a chocolate treat – says Małgorzata Głowacka, a veterinarian and scientific expert in animal nutrition at Mars Polska.

Safe alternative

In order for Christmas to be a joyous time for all members of the household, including the four-legged friends, it is worth following a regular, complete and balanced diet of your favorite. When we sit down at the Easter table, let’s make sure our dogs and cats get appropriate animal treats that are meant for them. Such treats can support animal health. An example of this would be dental snacks that ensure the hygiene of teeth and gums in four-legged friends, and snacks that meet their natural behavioral needs, such as chewing and biting in dogs, or hunting instinct in cats.

To make the animal happy, we must reward our four-legged friends with what is best for them – with caresses, fun, treats and spending time together. Source: MARS PETCARE

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