Mar 31 2018

Top Four Easter Hazards for Pets

a puppy with rabbit ear hovering on the floor

We all love Easter. Waking up to finding what the Easter Bunny has brought. Usually a basket full of chocolates and fun Easter candies. Maybe a couple stuffies here and there. 

Then there’s the egg hunt! How can this holiday be any more fun?

Our pets like it just as much as we do. All of those goodies lying around. Fun things to chew on.

As we prepare for this fun little holiday we should always keep our pets in mind. Like any other holiday, Easter may pose some potential hazards for our furry family members. Before you start getting ready for Easter, take a look at the dangers that pose a threat to our pets on the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC).

Here are the top 4 Easter Hazards for our Pet as outlined by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

    1. Chocolate. This is the number 1 toxicity in dogs and cats. The APCC receives multiple calls a day for chocolate toxicity, those they usually occur around the holidays most the time: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter. Chocolate can cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset, pancreatitis, stimulation to the nervous system (hyperactivity, tremors and seizures) and elevation in heart rate. Though not all chocolate is created equally. Darker the chocolate, the worse it is for your pet. Sometimes Chocolate may also contain other toxic ingredients like raisins, macadamia nuts, xylitol and alcohol. 
    2. Plastic Easter Grass. Plastic grass may look like regular grass to your pet. Pets can not absorb Plastic Easter Grass and if your pet eats this it may become lodged in their gastrointestinal tract. This can cause a blockage and may only be fixable by surgery. Some signs could include vomiting, diarrhea, decrease in appetite, lethargy and stomach pain. If you see any of these issues bring your pet in right away.
    3. Plants. There are many types of plants that can cause toxicities to your pets, but during this time of year, many animals will get into the newly planted gardens and eat the bulbs and a lot of people are given lilies as gifts for Easter. Lilies can cause serious concerns for our feline family members. Exposure to any parts of the plant can result to kidney injury and gastrointestinal upset. To the point that your cat may have to hospitalized. 
    4. Fertilizers and Herbicides. As the weather gets warmer, many people begin gardening and yardwork on the Easter weekend. This includes the use of fertilizers and herbicides. Make sure that they are they are stored where pets are not able to get at. They don’t have the ability to chew on the packaging or puncture the bottle. Always keep your pets indoors when you apply the products and always follow the label instructions. Wait until the ground has completely dried before letting your pet back outside in the yard.

 

APCC is your best resource for any animal poison-related emergency—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

 

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