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Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter is coming up quick! It’s always nice to celebrate the spring holiday with family and friends. Of course, just like any other holiday, Easter does present specific hazards that pet parents should be aware of. A local White Rock, TX vet lists some key ones below.

Candies

Candies are a big concern here. Many sweets are toxic to your furry buddy! Those chocolate Easter bunnies, for instance, are actually poisonous to dogs and cats. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which pets can’t metabolize. Hard candies and candy wrappers also present choking hazards. Plus, many candies contain other ingredients, such as xylitol or raisins, which are dangerous in and of themselves.

Bouquets

Those bright spring bouquets add cheer and color to any spread. However, many plants are poisonous to pets. Lilies, for instance, are very toxic to cats. Other unsafe flowers include tulips, daffodils, and oleanders. Check the ASPCA site here for more info. 

Heat

Temperatures can rise very quickly at this time of year. Make sure your pet is ready for the heat. Set out extra water bowls. Brushing your furry friend regularly will help keep them cool as well. Fluffy and Fido may also appreciate an ice cube in their water bowl.

Decorations

Anything made from plastic or even cardboard can choke or injure Fido and Fluffy. That plastic grass you find in Easter baskets is one concern. Plastic eggs and bunnies are also unsafe.

Eggs

Eggs aren’t a huge danger to dogs: in fact, they’re usually very nutritious. The issue here is that boiled eggs go bad quickly. Cats will turn their little noses up at spoiled food, but dogs aren’t quite that picky. Fido could get sick from eating rotten eggs. If you have an Easter egg hunt, make sure you find all the eggs before your pooch does.

Food

Are you hosting a holiday dinner? Be careful what you share with your pet! Ham, for instance, is often a favorite main course for Easter. While most meats are fine for Fido and Fluffy, ham is salty and fatty, which makes it a poor choice for dogs. Other dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; and raw dough or yeast. Ask your vet for more information. 

Happy Easter! Please contact us, your local White Rock, TX veterinary clinic, anytime!

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