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Easter with a pet: stress-free over the holidays


Easter is one of the more tranquil holidays in Germany. Nevertheless, visits from family and friends for pets can be stressful. There are also a few things to keep in mind when it comes to the colorful Easter decorations, so that dogs, cats and the like can get through the spring holidays unscathed. Cats and Easter decorations: Always keep an eye on them - Image: Shutterstock / Eric Fahrner

The greatest stress factor for dogs, cats and the like on public holidays such as Easter, Christmas or New Year's Eve is people. Especially when too many of them come to visit. Usually there is a good intention behind it when everyone suddenly got on the dog: especially children would like to pet the four-legged friends. But what is meant nicely simply means stress for many pets.

While many dogs can cope with the hustle and bustle of Easter to a certain extent, you should definitely provide your cat with a place of retreat where she can be undisturbed. When petting the dog, the following applies: Tell children and other guests not to rush to the dog immediately. He has to get used to the visitors first. Also point out to your pet-loving guests that pets do not tolerate so much noise.

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Easter tips: Go for a walk with the whole family

Easter walks are a common tradition. While cats can enjoy the peace in these moments, they represent a good opportunity for dogs for an extensive excursion into nature - possibly with many companions who want to play and romp with him. If you live in the city, you should take the opportunity to give your four-legged friend some change from his usual gas round.

Drive to a place where your dog can get plenty of exercise in nature. Do not forget, however, that in places such as nature reserves, the leash is mandatory. Tip: In spite of an Easter walk, you should keep the usual dog walking times as far as possible. So your darling remains a certain routine despite the holiday hustle and bustle.

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Caution with Easter decoration: risk of injury to pets

A colorful decoration is simply part of Easter. But what you and your guests enjoy can be dangerous for dogs, cats and the like. Easter plastic decorations are quickly turned into toys. Of course, something breaks or is chewed up cheerfully. The property damage is less regrettable than the health risk of your pet: swallowed plastic splinters can cause dangerous injuries in the mouth or in the throat and pharynx.

Tip: Either you do without such an Easter decoration or you hang it up where the dog or cat cannot reach it. You should also be careful with the sweet treats that can be found everywhere at Easter: Chocolate is one of the poisonous foods that can cause cramps, vomiting or even cardiac arrhythmias in cats.