Easter is a fun time of year for kids, full of yummy treats primarily made of chocolate. Chocolate eggs and treats should be kept out of reach of dogs though as chocolate contains a substance called theobromine which is poisonous for dogs even in small amounts. Try to keep chocolate treats in a cupboard that is up high and ensure children eat their treats at the kitchen table, leftover chocolate and wrappings should be stored safely or disposed of in a bin with a pet-proof lock. If you would like to give your dog a safe Easter egg of his own, Hatchwells Dog Safe Easter Egg is a great choice. The Easter egg is made from carob which is a dog-friendly alternative to chocolate. It is free from cocoa, wheat, theobromine, gluten and artificial colours and preservatives.

Dog Easter Egg Hunt

The weather has been nice recently, it looks to be fine as well this Easter weekend so you could plan some outdoor garden activities for your dog and the kids, if it does rain, moving indoors is a good idea. A lot of families may have picked up plastic Easter eggs earlier in the spring and these are ideal for filling with small pieces of cooked chicken or dog treats and hiding around the garden or the house for the kids and dogs to hunt for. It might be beneficial to drag a piece of sausage across the garden to give the dog a scent to follow, make sure you make the path complicated to give the dog a good workout. If you don’t have plastic eggs then hard-boiled eggs can also be used or just hide some of your dog's favourite treats around the garden. Always clean up carefully after the egg hunt though you don’t want your dog eating a gone off piece of chicken in a few days time.

Healthy Kids Easter Art and Craft project

Hard-boiled eggs are a great healthy protein treat for kids and adults alike, they are full of vitamins and minerals and they are also a wonderful source of protein for dogs. Eggs are a total natural wholesome complete food containing all of the essential fatty acids. Home decorated tin foil eggs are a lovely way of making a decorative snack that everyone in the house can enjoy and they can even be used for the Easter egg hunt.

Materials:

  • 6 eggs
  • Tinfoil
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Decorations such as glitter, confetti, coloured paper pieces
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Water
  • Clean up materials

Instructions:

Boil eggs for 10 minutes and leave to cool, remove from water and dry. Wrap each egg in tinfoil wrap, try to keep the tinfoil flat, if the tinfoil is crinkled then it might be worth smoothing it out by pressing firmly on it with the back of a pair of scissors or table knife. The kids can then use paint or sharpie markers to draw designs on the eggs, alternatively, the egg can be painted with glue and decorations applied. If the eggs are going to be eaten it is important to store them in the fridge.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a very Happy Easter. We hope you, your family and your pets stay safe and well during this time. We are closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. We encourage you to use our online order system through our website and your order will be fulfilled when our shops reopen on Tuesday. Free nationwide delivery is available for all orders. if you have any queries or problems please call:+353412136010 or email us at sales@equipet.ie . Click and Collect orders will be brought out to your car. Stay tuned for more pet-friendly news and activities over the coming weeks.