Easter is the time of year for festive egg hunts and family dinners! While you’re enjoying the celebrations, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), these are the top Easter dangers for pets:
Chocolate is the number one culprit for APCC calls during the holidays. Chocolate can cause stomach issues, pancreatitis, nervous system stimulation (tremors and seizures), and an elevated heart rate. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is for our pets.
Plastic Easter grass is another holiday danger as it can get stuck in the gastrointestinal tract and cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and stomach pain. Many stores offer alternative options such as shredded paper that would be a better alternative should your pet manage to grab a few bits.
Plants such as Easter Lilies are hazardous to cats. Exposure or ingestion of the plant can cause injury to kidneys and an upset stomach. If you have a cat in the house, it’s best to just pass on this festive bloom.
Enlist the whole family to look out for your fur babies and do a thorough cleanup to ensure no dangerous items are left on the floor or in the yard. If you think your pet has eaten a potentially poisonous material, contact your local vet or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4436.
Have a safe and happy Easter!