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Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter is just around the corner! Many of us are more than happy to say goodbye to snow and cold for a while, and enjoy some warmer weather. However, keep your pet’s safety in mind as you celebrate the spring holiday. Here, a Somerville, MA vet lists some Easter dangers for pets.

Bouquets

Colorful bouquets are very popular centerpieces for this time of year, and can definitely brighten up a room. Unfortunately, many popular flowers are toxic to our furry pals. Lilies, for example, are extremely poisonous to cats. Daffodils and tulips are also poisonous to pets. If you do get a bouquet, make sure to keep it in a spot your four-legged buddy can’t reach.

Chocolate

Chocolate is another big issue at this time of year. It contains a substance called theobromine, which pets cannot metabolize. Chocolate can cause some pretty serious symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and elevated heart rate. In large doses, it can even be fatal! As if that weren’t enough, many chocolate products contain things like nuts and raisins, which are dangerous on their own.

Candies

Chocolate isn’t the only sweet treat that is dangerous for pets. Hard candies are also unsafe. Many contain a substance called xylitol, which is poisonous to our furry friends. Smaller candies and candy wrappers also present choking hazards.

Decorations

Keep your four-legged friend in mind if you are decorating for the holiday. That green plastic ‘grass’ you find in many Easter baskets can choke playful pets, and can cause serious internal problems if ingested. Small plastic eggs are another concern.

Eggs

Speaking of eggs, they also make our list of concerns. Although eggs aren’t toxic to animals, cooked ones quickly go bad. This is where Fido comes in. If your pooch eats a spoiled egg that was overlooked after an Easter egg hunt, he could get quite sick.

Food

Are you hosting an Easter dinner? Go ahead and give your pet something special as well. Just make sure not to give them anything that isn’t safe. Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; alcohol; chocolate; caffeine; pitted frits, especially avocado, and anything with a lot of fat, salt, or sugar. Ask your vet for more information.

Happy Easter! Please contact us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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