31 Mar Easter Pet Safety Tips
Baby bunnies and ducklings…..what’s not to like about the Easter holiday? It’s the one holiday where bunnies and ducks fit in perfectly with the season and we all know how adorable they are. To top it off, we hold Easter egg hunts and distribute baskets of candy and other goodies; it’s definitely a family favorite holiday celebration.
This Easter holiday, though, fun for your families can be potentially dangerous to your pets. Your pets, if able, will get into the Easter baskets and they will find the one egg that no one could find in the backyard Easter egg hunt. With the above concerns we have put together a short list of things to be aware of during this Easter holiday.
- Plastic Easter grass – dogs and cats enjoy chewing on this. While this may look pretty in the baskets, it can be potentially dangerous to dogs and cats if ingested. Consider using paper shreds or just not using any.
- Chocolate – Chocolate contains theobromine and can cause hyperactivity, seizures, and an elevated heart rate in dogs. Keep the Easter baskets away from your dogs.
- Xylotol is a s a natural, sugar-free sweetener commonly found in many chewing gums, mints, foods (e.g., pudding and gelatin snacks,) etc. In dogs, a smaller ingestion can cause an acute, life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) within 10-15 minutes. A larger ingestion can result in acute liver necrosis and liver failure.
- The more dangerous, potentially fatal lilies are true lilies of the Lilium or Hemerocallis species. Examples of some of these dangerous lilies include the tiger, day, Asiatic hybrid, Easter, Japanese Show, rubrum, stargazer, red, Western, and wood lilies – all of which are highly toxic to cats! Even small ingestion (such as 2-3 petals or leaves) – even the pollen or water from the vase – can result in severe, acute kidney failure.
- Table scraps – It’s hard when food falls on the floor or your family is tempted to give your pet a bite of the Easter dinner. Just say “no”to giving your pets table scraps. Instead, crate them and give them extra treats with their food.
- Remember where you hide those Easter eggs! Sounds funny, but consider making a map of your backyard and track all the eggs that are found and make sure they are all accounted for. Your dog will find the eggs even if you can not!
- Plush toys found in Easter baskets. Your dog will think it’s a chew toy, and eating the plastic and stuffing can cause digestive problems and possible intestinal blockages.
- Visitors – Family and friends visiting may make your pets anxious. Consider crating your dogs in a quiet part of the house.
- We also may be tempted to purchase a bunny or baby duck for our children during this time, remember that these animals will grow and will require continuous care. Plus, they will need to interact well with existing pets. So if you are thinking about adding a pet during this time, do some research and make sure you and your family are in it for the long haul.
As you can see the safest way to celebrate Easter with your pets is to provide a quiet space where they can be stress-free during the holiday festivities. Provide them with their own Easter basket filled with pet friendly treats and veterinary-approved toys as a way to celebrate safely with your furry friends. Also, below is the link the Pet Poison hotline.
Wishing all a happy and safe Easter holiday!