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.