It’s Easter – when people have time to spend with family and friends. we hope it will still be a fun and relaxing time.

Here are some ideas to help you, and your two and four-legged family have the safest and funnest break possible.

Take your dog on a new walk

When we take our dogs out for a walk, we usually take a favourite route or a path that’s familiar and easy. Over Easter, why not challenge you and your four-legged buddy to a new adventure?

Go to a park you’ve never visited, or take some new twists and turns around the neighbourhood. We bet your dog is going to relish the opportunity to see some new sights and smell some new smells.


Take your dog for a new walk

Think of your pets when you go shopping

Food for Easter lunch? Check. Chocolate bunnies for the family? Check. Now how about adding a treat for your pet on that list? That way, they can enjoy a delicious and enriching Easter feast just like you and your human family members get to. It will also prevent them from sitting at your feet and begging for that roast – actually, scrap that, they’ll probably still do that anyway!

Don’t leave chocolate, lollies or wrappers lying around

You’re a responsible pet owner, so you’re probably well aware of the dangers sweets pose to our animals, but here’s a refresher anyway.

Methylxanthines, which are present in chocolate and include agents like caffeine and theobromine, are extremely toxic to dogs and cats. Ingestion of chocolate can result in vomiting, diarrhoea, hyperactivity, seizures, increased heart rate and potentially death. Xylitol, a sugar substitute found in certain lollies and other sweet goods, is another extremely dangerous ingredient to be mindful of.

In addition, hot cross buns shouldn’t be fed to your pets as they contain raisins, which are potentially harmful.

If you’re planning on doing an Easter egg hunt, try and completely separate your pet from the fun. You should also write down each place you’ve left the chocolate or lollies so there’s none forgotten and lurking around for your pet to get their paws on.

Make sure your kids are aware that they can’t give these foods to your pets too!

Sign up to Million Paws Walk: Walk This May

Sign up to Million Paws Walk: Walk This May and track your steps to raise money for the RSPCA. While we’re all doing our bit to stay home as much as possible, our dogs still need to be walked. With Walk This May, you can get much-needed exercise for you and your dog while logging steps for animals in need.


Million Paws Walk 2022

Watch a Disney movie

The team at RSPCA has rounded up our faves – all starring animals, of course – in an earlier blog post. Click here to browse them all.

Get creative with DIY enrichment

For some easy bunny enrichment, you can chuck some hay and herbs into a box for your rabbit to forage and sniff around. We’ve also rounded up the best dog DIY enrichment activities. Plus, check out this super cute video about making your own kitten cubby.

Jan Davis, CEO – RSPCA Tasmania
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