Easter is almost here and we at DugDug want to make sure you’re prepared to celebrate safely with your pets. And while everyone loves to enjoy the warm weather, break out their Easter decorations, and consume loads of chocolate, there are a handful of dangers you should be aware of to ensure your pets are in the clear.
1. Easter Lillies
While non-toxic to dogs, easter lillies can be severely toxic, and even fatal to your house cat. The entire Easter lily plant is toxic to felines, and ingesting as little as one or two leaves can result in potential kidney failure. And because there’s no effective antidote to lily poisoning, the Pet Poison Hotline suggests “the sooner you can get your cat to the veterinarian, the better his chances of survival will be…if left untreated his chances for survival are low.”
Who doesn’t have an ample amount of chocolate around the house on Easter? And while we give you permission to personally overindulge your sweet-tooth on Easter, you’ll want to make sure your furry friends stay far away. It turns out, pets have a hard time breaking down a component of chocolate called theobromine (which is chemically similar to caffeine). You’ll also want to know that the most dangerous types are dark chocolate or baker’s (unsweetened) chocolate, which can both be up to 10x more toxic than milk chocolate.
For cat owners, you can sleep a little more soundly at night as it turns out 95% of chocolate toxicity cases are dogs. Animal experts widely attribute this to cats having better eating habits and a pickier palate.
3. Easter Eggs
Easter egg hunts for the kids are many peoples’ best memories of the holiday. But be warned, when your pet encounters that shiny, plastic egg that the kids never found, they often think it’s a toy. And chewing or swallowing these items can wreak havoc on the intestines, even requiring surgery in some cases. We suggest you keep a tally of how many eggs you’ve hidden versus how many of them are ultimately found. That way you know to be on the lookout for any stray eggs that Fido may try and eat.
4. Easter Grass
The popular plastic Easter “grass” can prove to be a tempting toy, especially for cats. However, like many of the other items on this list, the strands of plastic can bunch up in the intestines and cause dangerous blockage.
5. Baby Animals
While Easter pets like bunnies and chicks may be cute gifts for your kids, they’re not ideal housemates if you have other animals around the house. Not only do these “gifts” grow up into full-size, adult animals, chicks in particular can often carry salmonella poisoning which is a real threat to you and your pets.Images & Sources: DaveFayram / Flickr, PetHealthy, and Pet Poison Helpline