4 Top Easter Safety Tips for Your Pet

Spring has sprung and the time to celebrate the Easter weekend is here. But did you know this spring holiday can pose various hazards to our furry friends? Before hiding all the Easter eggs and filling baskets, be sure to review our top 4 safety tips for your pet during the holiday!

  1. Keep away from chocolate
  2. Avoid sugar-free candies
  3. Caution with plastic Easter decor- plastic grass & eggs
  4. Beware of toxic plants- Lilies, Tulips, Hyacinths, & Irises

Avoid chocolate

Chocolate is toxic to dogs. It naturally contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which can cause stomach upset, increased heart rates, and in severe cases neurologic signs like tremors and seizures. The darker the chocolate and higher percentage of cocoa, the more dangerous it is for pets. 

Say no to candy

Sugar-free candies can contain a substance called xylitol. This can cause hypoglycemia, a drop in pets’ blood sugar, that can be extremely dangerous and requires hospitalization. Consumption of other treats, including their casings and wrappers, can cause gastrointestinal upset leading to vomiting and diarrhea.

Stay away from Easter baskets

Plastic grass and eggs are a common hazard in Easter baskets. When consumed, plastic grass cannot be absorbed and can lead to stomach upset and in severe cases intestinal blockage.  Plastic Easter eggs can also cause concern if ingested and require immediate medical attention and possible surgery to remove the foreign material.

Toxic Plants

Spring has sprung and so have plants that are toxic to pets. The most deadly toxin this time of year are Lilies (Lilium sp and Hemerocallis sp) as they are extremely toxic to cats. Exposure to even the smallest part of the plant can cause kidney failure and stomach upset. Tulips, Hyacinths, and Irises are all considered toxic to both dogs and cats, and can cause vomiting, diarrhea and drooling if ingested.  

Stay safe & enjoy the Easter egg hunt!

Dr. Nicky

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