How to celebrate Easter and Passover with your pets
By Janet Simons
I never gave much thought to feeding my dog during Passover until last month, when my friend Tsivya gave me a list from our local rabbinic authority on which pet foods were OK for the holidays and which ones weren’t.
If you’re concerned about how to feed your pets during Passover, you might want to get that information from your own rabbi. Because I wasn’t familiar with many of the brands, I assumed I’d have to do my shopping at some specialty doggy boutique. But when I ran the list through our PetSmart site, I found many of them (including Blue Wilderness, Wellness Core Grain Free and Science Diet) were available there. Better yet, on the day I looked they were even on sale.
Food isn’t the only issue for pets during the spring holiday season. Whether we’re searching for chametz or Easter eggs this time of year, we tend to be busy and distracted by the demands of family, religion and entertaining.
My poor dog, for example, doesn’t tend to get out on walks very often when I’m stuck in the kitchen. If you’re anything like me, you might want to bribe yourself with a great new piece of doggy equipment. I’m planning to buy a new (and award-winning) chest-plate harness from ShopAtHome.com’s new EZyDog site.
But dogs, of course, aren’t the only pets whose food needs attention during Passover. The list also offers Passover pet guidelines for cats, fish, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, lizards and rabbits.
Speaking of rabbits, they’re popular pets at this time of year — and for good reason. Pet bunnies are cute, bright, affectionate and surprisingly trainable. The Internet even has a few videos of rabbits making beds — sort of. However, before you seriously consider gifting your 7-year-old with a pet rabbit, you really should read VetStreet’s “10 things to consider before bringing home that Easter bunny.”
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