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Filling your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys

My Own Chocolate Bunny??  Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
My Own Chocolate Bunny?? Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!
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With the impending holidays, most pet owners feel the need to include the pets, and likely so. After all, they too are family members. As Easter approaches, and you are filling all those Easter baskets with eggs, candies and goodies, your dog will love some pet-approved treats and toys. Most anything you want for your dog can be found at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home. The choices are many and your dog will enjoy hours of fun and games.

Happy Easter to all as you relish in the joys of the season. In doing so, you always want to give your pet the best and safest life. As always, you want to ensure your pet cannot have any access to human Easter baskets and the contents within. All the candies and chocolates within are toxic to pets, chocolate can be fatal and Easter grass, if ingested can tie up the intestines and lead to lethal results.

Homes should always be pet-proofed to ensure a safe environment; more so when it comes to holidays, extra “hazards and toxins around the house,” and the many visitors that can lead to carelessness on their parts, most often unintentionally. Always inform guests, your pets cannot have any types of treats and handouts unless it comes from their special “Easter baskets.”

So, how do you choose what to include in those special pet baskets? There are many dog treats available at the pet stores, including healthier, natural low-fat varieties. Additionally, dental chews and bones are a great option. Toys you choose should be safe, durable and breed-appropriate. Some of the best toys are those that are interactive. It keeps your dog active and the brain stimulated, which is especially beneficial for your pet.

In choosing the perfect toy for your pet, first make sure it is something that is size appropriate. You would not give a tiny chew toy to a large dog that could destroy it in seconds or a large toy to a little guy that cannot even carry it. Always monitor your dog when playing with toys or chew bones so that small pieces do not come off, get swallowed and lodged in the throat. Some doys have a way of snatching those squeaks out of toys and trying to eat them! The same caution goes for toys with filling. These are not the types of toys to give your dog and then leave for the day.

The best toys to give your pet, especially in your absence are the puzzle toys; the types that you can place a treat inside. Your dog will spend hours working to get that snack out of the toy, keeping your pet safely active and mentally stimulated. Have several puzzle toys for your pet, a new one in that Easter basket, so that you can change off the toy each day to make it a new and fresh adventure; otherwise your pet will easily get bored. “Oh boy, this thing again??”

Enjoy your holidays with the family and pets. You never have to leave your pet out of the festivities; just give it some thought and creativity to provide a safe and happy environment.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy