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Holiday Pet Safety - Easter

April 16, 2014

Another holiday season is upon us, complete with friends, family, food and festivities. As they are part of our families, most of us naturally want to include our pets in the fun, but, as we mentioned near Halloween and Christmas, holidays can be hazardous to our four legged friends. Keep your pet safe and the celebrations going by avoiding the dangers and following the guidelines listed below.

  • Easter treats: Of course, we all know that chocolate is toxic to both dogs and cats, and can cause severe illness, or even death, if not treated in a timely manner. However, be aware that other types of candy can also be harmful due to their high sugar content. Keep all candy far out of reach of pets, and be sure to put any candy wrappers in the garbage promptly. The packaging may smell just as enticing as the contents to a dog, and could potentially cause gastrointestinal obstructions if consumed.
  • Easter lilies: If you have cats, please keep your home and garden free of any lilies. Most lilies are extremely toxic to felines; even a few nibbles of a leaf or petal can cause kidney failure in as little as a day or two. If you suspect that your cat has come into contact with lilies, get him or her to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
  • Easter grass: Often used to line children's Easter baskets, this festive adornment can be enticing to both dogs and cats, but, like Christmas tinsel, can cause gastrointestinal obstruction if ingested. Try using shredded paper or real grass instead.
  • Easter Egg Hunts: Whether real or candy, consider mapping out the location of any hidden items and make sure that they have all been collected once the hunt is finished, or else your dog likely will.
  • Guests: Although you may be fully aware of the above dangers, as well as any others, any guests you have staying with you may not. Folks who don't own dogs may not realize that a bit of people food given to an allergic or sensitive dog can cause major problems. Consider having a brief chat with your guests about what is and isn't acceptable for your dog, both in terms of behavior and food - you'll be glad you did, and everyone will be much happier for it.

 

 

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