5 Common Easter Hazards for Pets
Spring has arrived and Easter plans to gather with friends and family will soon be underway.
While enjoying your Easter celebrations it’s important to plan and be reminded of the dangers that surround our pets during this time.
ALL parts of the lily plant are toxic to cats! That includes the leaves, the stem and surprisingly, even the pollen of the lily plant. Cats only need to digest a tiny amount of a lily to become ill. Do not wait if your cat has digested any of the lily plant, seek immediate veterinarian care.
Xylitol is highly toxic to pets!
Xylitol is a sweetener that is becoming very popular. Xylitol can be found added to foods such as peanut butter, candies, sugar-free gum, even some toothpaste. Be sure to read all labels carefully, even if it’s a product you have used before, as Xylitol is replacing other sweeteners.
Easter Baskets and Fake Grass
That colourful stringy fake grass used to fill Easter gift baskets is very attractive to cats and some dogs. Plastic grass, small toys, and those plastic eggs used to hold treats and toys can easily become stuck in a cat or dogs intestines causing blockages, and often results in abdominal surgery.
Although no amount of chocolate is good for our dog’s health, the darker the chocolate the more toxic it can be. So while preparing your Easter treats and desserts, be sure to keep the baking and dark chocolate safely contained and out of reach to all pets. And don’t forget Easter treats that contain or are covered in chocolate.
As a pet parent we like to involve our dogs and cats in the holiday celebrations, however, many of those snacks, food items and ingredients being served to our guests can be harmful to our pets. Be sure to keep grapes, raisins, garlic and onions out of our pet’s food dish. Let’s not forget the traditional Easter hot cross buns, they contain raisins and currents that can be toxic to dogs and cats as well.
Should your pets digest any of the above, seek veterinarian advice immediately. After hours, contact your nearest Veterinarian Emergency After Hours Hospital.
Have a safe and happy Easter!