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Safe Easter Treats

When you think of Easter, do visions of chocolate eggs fill your mind? That’s certainly what happens to us! If, like us, you have a sweet tooth, you may be looking forward to enjoying some delicious treats this season. Sadly, our canine companions can’t share any chocolate-related snacks with us, as the theobromine in chocolate is toxic to dogs. However, there are plenty of other ways to indulge your pooch this Easter, so take a look at these great options! 

Why can’t dogs have chocolate? 

Chocolate contains theobromine and, often, caffeine – two chemicals that are not metabolised easily by dogs and can cause them harm. The amount of theobromine varies between types of chocolate and is highest in dark chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity include vomiting and diarrhoea, panting, restlessness, muscle tremors, and increased thirst and urination. These signs can progress to seizures, organ failure, collapse and even death. Toxicity is not immediate, and can be cumulative, so it is best to avoid giving any amount or type of chocolate to pets. If your pet manages to get at your choccie stash, try to establish how much was eaten and call your vet urgently for advice. 

The safest thing to do is to avoid giving your dog any ‘human food’ at all. It may seem nice to share a meal with your pup on special occasions, but there can be hidden dangers in our food. Anything which contains onion or garlic can be toxic to dogs, as can xylitol – a common artificial sweetener. Alcohol is also a big ‘no’ in any amount. Our meals can also contain foods high in salt, fat and sugar, which may cause a gastrointestinal upset as well as not being very healthy choices. 


But I want to treat my dog! 

Of course! It’s always nice to show your pup that you love and adore them, and when better time to give a safe titbit than at Easter? 

Luckily, there’s lots of wonderful options for safe Easter treats for dogs. 

Tasty edible treats 

If you’re enjoying a bit of Easter choccie and your dog looks at you with those soulful eyes, it’s hard to resist. Having some dog-safe options to hand allows you to indulge your pet without worrying about their safety, or their health. If you’re feeling creative, you could even put on an Easter hunt for your pup by hiding some tasty snacks and letting them sniff them out! 

There are some great options to choose from when it comes to dog treats, from soft chewy yummies to crunchy biscuits. Make sure to try a few types, as dogs often have individual preferences for the kinds of titbits they like, just as we do. Plenty of tasty dog treats are even healthy and nutritious, so you don’t even have to feel guilty about sneaking your pooch an extra one of two!  

These Burns Carrot Bites are all-natural, as they’re made from 100% carrot and are a great option for those needing a low-fat option, or for sensitive tummies. Or if your dog prefers a crunchy biscuit, try out these Brewbix dog treats, made with by-products from the brewing industry. They’re even eco-friendly: vegan, delivered in recyclable packaging and even carbon neutral! 

If you’re looking for a snack which won’t disappear in ten seconds flat, try a Kong toy stuffed with something safe and tasty, such as dog-friendly pate. Top tip: to make it last longer, try freezing it for a couple of hours so that your pup has to work harder to get to the delicious filling.  

Always remember that treats should only make up a maximum of 10% of your dog’s diet, even if they’re a healthy option. It’s easy to overindulge, especially at Easter. 

Non-edible treats 

Want to indulge your dog this Easter but don’t want to overdo the calories? We hear you. Treats don’t always have to be food!  

Why not invest in a new dog toy and spend some time playing with your pooch? Dogs love interactive games, and they highly value time spent with their owners. Schedule in some dedicated time to interact with your pup, and everyone will benefit. They’ll get some playtime and some exercise, and you get to enjoy the strengthened bond with your pet – it’s a win-win.  

There’s lots of other ways to show your dog that you love and appreciate them. Extra walkies, grooming and cuddling, or even taking a training or agility class are all ways to bond with your dog and give them some positive attention and time.  

Final Thoughts 

We all like to indulge a little on special occasions, and it’s nice to include our pets too. Giving human foods, such as chocolate, to dogs isn’t recommended and could make them very ill. If you want to reward your dog this Easter time, check out our selection of safe doggy titbits, and consider the gift of your time and attention.