Frannie Says Remember to Keep Your Dog Safe During Spring Celebrations


Hoopla around spring celebrations can inadvertently take our attention away from our dogs, leaving them with too much free time to indulge their curiosity and explore temptations. Springtime celebration rituals can lead to doggy shenanigans. It’s easy to get distracted by preparations and festivities, so be sure to keep an extra close eye on those fur balls to ensure a safe Easter, Ramadan, and Passover. Even dogs that tend not to be mischievous may seek attention or stimulation in unhealthy ways.

Most people know that chocolate is a big no-no for dogs. Keep those foil-wrapped bunnies and chocolate-covered matzah well out of paw’s reach. Even foods that can be safe for dogs when supervised, like small amounts of meat, can be dangerous under the wrong conditions. Watch out for plastic wrappers, wooden skewers, and strings used to package, prep, and tie meat. They have all the irresistible fragrance and taste of meat but can be dangerous if ingested, causing potential obstruction in a dog’s throat, stomach, or intestines. The same goes for fat and grease that you may have poured off, which can make your dog ill.

Dates are a food traditionally consumed during Ramadan. You might be surprised to know that unlike raisins (a grape derivative on the K9 no-no list due to their toxic nature), dates can be consumed by dogs in moderation. If your dog consumes too many dates—which have a high sugar content—your pup could have an upset stomach.

Passover calls for four glasses of wine for peeps but NONE for pups. Don’t leave open bottles or glasses within your pet’s reach and never share a sip with your dog. Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to dogs, as alcohol is absorbed very quickly by the canine body, either through ingestion, inhalation or even through the skin. The amount of alcohol that is toxic varies based on dog size, but always call your vet immediately if your pup gets into alcohol of any kind, including household products. Aside from the alcohol content in wine, grape toxicity can occur in dogs and cause kidney damage or worse.

If you celebrate Easter, beware of the sweet treats, but also consider all the wrapping and other trinkets that the Easter bunny may have hidden around. Easter grass, ribbon, confetti, and other decorations can all look like fun colorful chew toys but can be extremely dangerous if ingested. These materials can bunch up in a dog’s stomach or wrap around their intestines, causing a serious or fatal injury. On the bright side, unlike chocolate eggs, dyed hard boiled Easter eggs are non-toxic to dogs when ingested accidentally, but they shouldn’t be fed to pups on purpose.

Many other springtime goodies — especially flowers like lilies, tulips, daffodils, and azaleas — are toxic and harmful for pets. Make sure your dog stays out of your neighbor’s garden for everyone’s sake. Opt for pet friendly spring cleaning and gardening supplies, as chemical fertilizers and cleaning products are often poisonous.

If your spring plans involve traveling, Downtown Dogs is a perfect vacation option for your pup. Downtown Dog’s boarding offers flexible pick up and drop off, plenty of playmates and exercise, and expert supervision by a dog-loving team.

If you are entertaining and need time and space to focus on getting your home ready for festivities and hosting, doggy daycare at Downtown Dogs starts at just $5 an hour.

Downtown Dogs is open for daycare Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are also open Easter Sunday.

If your pup could use a “spring cleaning,” Dog’s Day Out, our sister business next door, is open Thursdays to Sundays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for full service and DIY baths! They will be closed on Easter.

The advice provided is based on many years of experience as dog parents and operators of one of the largest and longest established dog daycare and boarding facilities in the Twin Cities. Always consult your veterinarian. When not sharing advice, our dog bloggers — Frannie, Lyle, and Helen — share a space with their people, Downtown Dogs owner Ralph Bernstein and his wife, Abbe.”