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Easter Safety for Your Pet

Easter Safety for Your PetWith Easter approaching, many families will be decorating their homes with colourful decorations, and stocking up on chocolates, sweets, and eggs for Easter egg hunts! It’s nice to have fun with the kids, on top of any family gatherings. Let’s make sure that our pets have a good time as well and don’t end up at the veterinary hospital.

Here are some items to be aware of during the holiday:

Easter Lily – It’s a beautiful flower, but toxic to cats and can be fatal. Even just licking any part of the plant is dangerous, and warrants an immediate trip to the vet. If you have a curious cat in the home, avoid bringing home this flower.

Easter grass – Pretty and colourful, Easter grass is like tinsel and commonly used in Easter baskets or throughout the house as decorations. Cats are especially drawn to these shiny shreds. If your pet ingests it, you’ll need to act fast and get them to a vet. Ingesting any string-like material can create blockages in the intestine, and often require surgery for removal.

Chocolate – Chocolate can be toxic and fatal to dogs, so keep an eye on chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and miniature eggs that may be around the house. Don’t forget chocolate in baked goods such as cakes, cookies, muffins, and anything else that may be within reach of your dog (like the coffee table). While adults may be aware of the danger, make sure kids know as well to keep them from sharing with your pet.

Xylitol – this is the name for an artificial sweetener, which is toxic to pets, and commonly found in many different candies and sweets. So long as you keep all sweets away from your pet, you won’t have to worry about them getting sick from it.

Toys and balloons – small toys can easily be digested and cause intestinal blockages, so keep an eye on any toys that show up from the Easter hunt.  Balloons can be popped by excited pets, or will deflate over time, which can be a problem if your pet swallows one up.

Loud noises – family gatherings can create stress for our pets. Create a space for them in your house where they can escape everyone and feel safe. This can be as simple as placing their crate or bed in a quiet room that no one else can access.

It’s up to you to ensure that Easter candy, food and decorations are kept securely out of the reach of your pet, so that your whole family can enjoy the holiday!

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