Keep Pets Away From These Popular Easter Treats

Keep Pets Away From These Popular Easter Treats

Brightly colored plastic eggs, sweet treats, and blooming flowers — Who doesn’t look forward to the Easter Bunny’s annual visit? Although Easter morning is joyful, many of the things we use to celebrate can harm our pets. These items are even more dangerous when left lying about the house and backyard.

5 Easter Treats to Keep Away From Your Pets

1. Chocolate and Other Sweets

Chocolate and sugar alcohols like xylitol (found in sugar-free sweets) are toxic for pets. Keep pets away from the annual Easter egg hunt and clear all treats off the floor and out of your pet’s reach before they join the party.

2. Lilies, Other Spring Flowers, and Bulbs

Lilies, tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, other spring flowers, and their bulbs are extremely poisonous to pets. Make sure these are kept well away from dogs and cats, and if you have cats, error on the side of caution by never bringing lilies anywhere near your home.

3. Easter Basket Grass

This plastic grass is crunchy and might seem enticing to cats and dogs looking to play, but it can be quite dangerous if ingested. Not only is the plastic bad for your pet’s health, but the long, stringy plastic can get stuck in their digestive system or block it entirely. Use tissue or paper grass instead.

4. Raisins and Nuts

Raisins grapes and certain nuts are highly toxic to cats and dogs. Keep any treats that contain these ingredients (fruit salad, cinnamon rolls, hot cross buns, or cookies) away from your pets.

5. Plastic Eggs

Plastic eggs rattle and squeak, much like the toys our dogs and cats like to play with. These, however, are not designed to be safe for pets. They can splinter into sharp pieces that can cut your pet’s paws or mouth or perforate intestines if ingested.

Always Be Prepared for a Pet Emergency in San Diego

During business hours, our veterinarians at Pacific Pet Hospital will be here to help. On the weekends, however, it’s important that you have an emergency plan in place for your pets. For after-hours emergency care, we refer our patients to the Pet Emergency and Specialty Hospital:
When you have cats, dogs, or both, it’s also smart to keep the information for the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control handy in case your pet ingests a toxic substance.
To learn more about urgent and emergency pet care or how to protect your pets around the holidays, we welcome you to contact our veterinarians at Pacific Pet Hospital.

Help! My Pet Isn’t Eating (What to Do If Your Pet Loses Their Appetite)

Help! My Pet Isn't Eating (What to Do If Your Pet Loses Their Appetite)

While some dogs and cats have a reputation for being picky eaters, having any pet experience a loss of appetite for any amount of time can be concerning. In cats and dogs, complete appetite loss is known as anorexia, while partial appetite loss is referred to as pseudo-anorexia. When your pet isn’t eating, it’s important to get to the bottom of the situation, determine the underlying cause, and address the problem to avoid nutritional deficiencies and potential secondary health concerns.

Common Reasons Why Cats and Dogs Stop Eating

The complete list of reasons why a pet might experience appetite loss is incredibly long. We recommend having your pet checked out by a veterinarian to rule out or address more serious underlying issues that could be responsible for your pet’s disinterest in food.

What to Do If Your Pet Stops Eating

If you’ve noticed that your pet’s food dish is untouched at the end of the day, you should:
When in doubt, talk to your veterinarian.

When to Contact a Chula Vista Veterinarian

Of course, our veterinarians always welcome you to contact Pacific Pet Hospital any time you’re concerned about your pet’s wellbeing. We can help you determine whether the time is right for a veterinary appointment. Although pets (depending on the pet’s condition) can usually survive several days without food, we recommend scheduling a veterinary visit if your pet isn’t drinking water, your dog hasn’t eaten for two days, your cat hasn’t eaten for 24 hours, or if your pet is experiencing additional symptoms or behavior changes that could indicate a more serious medical concern.
To learn more about appetite problems in cats and dogs or to schedule a sick pet appointment, we welcome you to contact our office. We welcome both in-person visits and the convenience of telemedicine appointments for established patients.