Easter is literally just a few days away and we know how many are starting to hit the supermarkets for all things sweet and chocolatey! Don’t forget that while it’s fun to celebrate Easter, we also need to ensure that our pets are kept safe during Easter.
Our pets can consume many things. Sweet treats can cause potentially fatal problems for dogs. It’s important to know exactly what is toxic and dangerous for our pets.
Here are a few things that Northway Veterinary Hospital has put together to ensure your pets are kept safe during Easter! Don’t forget to save them.
Easter Eggs and Chocolates
Chocolate and Easter eggs are bountiful in our households around Easter and if they are within reach of your dogs, they are in trouble.
Consuming chocolate and candies can take up to 24 hours for the poison to start taking effect in your pet, so keep your eyes peeled for any early symptoms including tremors, vomiting, abnormal heart rate, and increased thirst.
Decorative Easter grass, Easter lilies, food coloring, small toys, and even ham and other fatty foods are very dangerous to our pet dogs and cats. If you think your pet has ingested chocolate or any other harmful item, do not hesitate to call your vets ASAP.
When pets digest Xylitol and other artificial sweeteners, it can cause vomiting, weakness, lethargy, and seizures in our pet dogs, cats, and even rabbits.
Yes, you read that right. Another important tradition during Easter is the Easter lily, which is common to find in many houses across the state. If you are a cat owner, you should avoid lilies at all costs.
Not many know but every part of a lily is fatally poisonous to a cat, including the pollen that transfers into their fur or the ground they walk on.
Rich gravy, ham, buttery mashed potatoes, and whatnot should not be consumed by your pets. Although delicious and definitely appetizing, these table scraps are potentially life-threatening and can cause pancreatitis in your pet.
Choose healthier options such as fresh fruits and vegetables, or even a small slice of lean meat as treats for your pets.
Don’t worry, celebrating Easter doesn’t mean we can’t give anything to our pets anymore. Celebrate it by giving them a present like a new toy, accessories, a water bowl, or even a sleeping mattress. You can also take them out to the park or even the groomers to show your love.
It is important to speak to a vet when you think your pet’s safety is at risk this Easter. Make sure to also have an emergency vet contact so you are able to reach out to them immediately. Being a responsible pet owner, you must always put your pet’s safety as a priority. Taking precautions is the first thing you can do to prevent any harm.