I always get anxious around the holidays because I’m scared some well-intentioned guest is going to feed my dogs something they shouldn’t eat. There are common dog food no-no’s like sugar and chocolate but there are other foods I haven’t always been sure about like, can dogs eat eggs? carrots? I’m always a bit on edge during Easter because my family goes all-out celebrating the holidays and there is so much that the dogs can get into if we’re not careful.
During our first Easter together a friend of ours slipped my cheagle a nibble of scrambled eggs from her Easter brunch plate and I immediately flipped out. I asked everyone within earshot, “Can dogs eat eggs???” and no one knew so I was frantic trying to Google and call our vet to find out. He has a sensitive stomach and the last thing I wanted was him out in the yard getting sick all over the Easter egg hunt. I finally got our vet on the phone and was panicking saying, “My dog ate eggs! Can dogs eat eggs? He ate scrambled eggs!” Turns out, dogs can eat eggs and they are actually pretty good for them. They offer a protein boost and can settle digestive upset so if you’ve been wondering about eggs, rest assured it’s ok for your pup. My dogs actually eat eggs in their food at least once a week now that I know eggs are safe for them. Still, it’s important to make sure you’re keeping your dog safe this Easter because accidents can happen so I recommend having the emergency vet contact info handy just in case.
Easter and the start of spring bring fun, warm weather, and family gatherings, but this time of year can be dangerous for dogs. Here is a little info about common Easter food and general safety tips for your pup:
Can dogs eat eggs?
Yes, they can and as I mentioned earlier they can be a good source of protein and ease digestive upset however you still need to be careful. Our vet recommends avoiding raw eggs due to potential (albeit rare) side effects such as salmonella. It’s recommended to cook eggs before feeding them to your dog and serve them up plain (no oil, butter, salt, seasonings or additives). Basically, keep the omelets and deviled eggs away from your pup! They can eat eggs but the other stuff is likely not so good for them.
Can dogs eat carrots?
Yes! Carrots are super healthy for dogs and offer a lot of nutritional value. Our dogs love to gnaw on frozen carrots but it’s safe to give your pup either raw or cooked carrots. They are both healthy options and make a nutritious addition to meals. We give our dogs carrots in place of treats as a reward for good behavior because it’s healthier and the dogs are just as happy.
Is chocolate deadly for my dog?
Potentially, yes. Your dog can get very sick from eating the chocolate-ly contents of an Easter basket (especially dark chocolate) but it’s not just the chocolate you need to worry about. Other types of Easter candy can be extremely toxic to dogs as well. At best, chocolate and candy can give your dog an upset stomach. At worst, it could lead to death and no amount of chocolate is worth that.
Keep the plastic grass filler away
Plastic Easter grass filler is commonly used when decorating baskets but if it’s highly dangerous if consumed by your dog. Dogs can’t digest plastic and the plastic grass can become tangled up in their intestinal tract. If that happens your dog is likely to experience nausea, loss of appetite and stomach pains. Removing the grass may require surgery. If you need Easter basket filler paper grass or other paper confetti is a much safer alternative.
Be cautious with plants and flowers
Spring is the start of the gardening season and our home is overflowing with flowers and houseplants, especially at Easter, but those Easter blooms can be poisonous to dogs. Tulips and daffodil are very common at Easter but are toxic to dogs. They can cause heart issues and require trips to the emergency vet. Keep your dog out of the garden or put up flowers and plants where he can’t be tempted to nibble on them.
I hope you (and your dogs) have a safe and happy Easter!