How to have an egg-cellent Easter break with your pet

Apr 10, 2019

Petbarn North Lakes and Greencross Vets share their top tips for keeping local pets happy and safe over the Easter period

For many, Easter is a time to be with family and indulge in sweet treats such as chocolate eggs and hot cross buns but while delicious to humans, these treats can be dangerous for pets. That’s why Petbarn North Lakes and Greencross Vets are urging local pet parents to make sure they keep their furry friends top of mind during the sweetest time of the year.

Petbarn North Lakes Store Manager, Bec Lill is calling for local pet owners to keep a watchful eye on their pets during the Easter period. Hazardous situations over the Easter break can pose threats to North Lakes pets and it’s important to keep chocolates out of reach from cats and dogs.

“If you are treating your pet this Easter, we recommend North Lakes locals come and talk to one of our friendly staff about pet-friendly treats that are both delicious and nutritious for your furry friend. And if you are planning a trip away, we also have a wide range of chew toys that can help keep your pooch occupied on long car rides,” Bec says.

Top 5 tips

Chief Veterinary Officer at Greencross Vets, Dr Veronica Monaghan shares her top five tips to keep North Lakes pets safe, happy and healthy over Easter:

#1 Keep chocolates out of reach and hidden

Avoid eating chocolate around or near your pet as can spark their curiosity and lead to them finding the stash. High cupboards or secured containers are the way to go if you find your pet snooping around the kitchen. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which when eaten, is extremely toxic for cats and dogs. If pet parents suspect their animal has eaten chocolate or sweets, owners should ring their local vet or Animal Emergency Centre to calculate if pets will be sick, which is dependent on the type of chocolate and weight of the dog.

#2 Invest in a car restraint and dog harness

Road trips are a fun Easter holiday adventure, but safety is always crucial for both humans and pets. Too often dogs climb over passengers during these trips, which is why pet owners should consider a car restraint, such as the Ezy Dog Adjustable Car Restraint. This acts as a seat belt and comfortably restrains dogs of all sizes during car journeys.

#3 Be mindful of motion sickness

Long car rides with your pet can cause motion sickness and vomiting. It is recommended you don’t feed your pet 4-6 hours before travel, ensure you take short breaks, have a constant flow of fresh air and be wary of loud music.

#4 Create a stress-free environment

The long weekend can be a busy time and it is important your animal is comfortable and happy if they are coming along for the holiday. Providing them with a chew toy such as the Cuddlies Rabbit Toy will help keep them busy and entertained.

#5 Pack for your four-legged mate

The Easter long weekend is a popular time for families to go on holidays and adventures. Make sure to pack for your pet as you would your family, including any specific food or medications they need. Also ensure that your pet’s microchip and contact details are up to date just in case they wander off.

Find out more

For more information on products to keep your pet happy over Easter, please contact your local Petbarn store on 3181 3291 or visit

If you are worried about your pet’s health over the holiday period, please visit your local Greencross Vets. If you are in a serious emergency, please contact your nearest Animal Emergency Centre at 1300 232 838.