It is almost time for Easter. The stores have been filling up with pastel candy, chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. And if you are dyeing eggs this year, you may be wondering if the dye is bad for your dog.
Simply put, the answer is no, common Easter Egg dye is not bad for your dog. In fact, most dyes used for Easter eggs are non-toxic. This is probably so that they are safe for children and in turn, are mostly safe for our pets as well.
That means, if your dog gets a hold of a rogue Easter egg one day, he should be just fine, as long as it has been cooked. Raw eggs may contain salmonella and even though there aren’t many documented health scares connected to raw eggs, it’s always a good idea to play it safe.
Easter Egg Dye Watch Out For:
Ukrainian Egg Dyes or Pysanky Kits are for elaborately decorated and non-edible eggs. These eggs are dyed raw and painted with wax and powdered dyes. So, if you do decide to decorate your eggs in this style, make sure to keep them away from your pets.
Safe Dyes To Look For:
Dyeing kits such as PAAS are commonly found at the store and are non-toxic. However, if you are still feeling uneasy about using a store-bought kit, you can use regular food coloring instead. It is safe to ingest and will color the eggs. However, some feel that food coloring or all-natural dyes don’t have the same “pop” of color that the traditional kits have. But pastels are in for Easter, so if you’re not comfortable with the kit, definitely go for the food coloring.
Easter is a time to celebrate with the family. It’s not a time to worry if your dog gets into the Easter egg basket (as long as there’s no chocolate in there). Eating an egg with dye on it should be no problem. As long as there are no special dietary factors that come into play that is. Now, it may change the color of their poop or even give them some gas. But, overall they will be just fine.