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Easter Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The Easter holiday is only a few short days away. Is your pet prepared for the various hazards that she may face this time of year? Make sure your pet stays safe by using these recommendations from an Indianapolis’ Southside veterinary professional.

Avoid Chocolate and Candy

Most pet owners already know that chocolate is highly toxic to pets—it contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which cause adverse reactions in pets. Keep that chocolate rabbit safely stored away, because your pet could suffer severe symptoms if she decides to nibble off an ear. Also remember that candy and gum sweetened with xylitol, an artificial sugar, can cause poisoning. It’s safest to keep all sweets off tables and countertops.

Egg Hunt Precautions

Don’t let your pet try to chow down on an Easter egg, as the hard shell could lacerate your pet’s mouth or cause a choking hazard. Plastic eggs aren’t entirely safe, either—not only do they probably contain harmful chocolate treats, they could easily break and be choked on.

Easter Basket Safety

Easter baskets, of course, contain harmful chocolate, candy, and baked goods that a pet shouldn’t indulge in. Another hazard you may not have thought of is the plastic grass that these treats are lying in. Many pets, especially cats, may see these fluttering strands as great toys. Unfortunately, the strands can all too easily obstruct your pet’s digestive tract or even get wrapped around the intestines. Have your pets avoid Easter baskets entirely.

Watch for Lilies

Were you aware that most species of the lily flower can poison a cat? These pretty flowers have been known to cause toxic reactions like vomiting and diarrhea in pets, so make sure to remove them from any holiday bouquets you have around the house. You might consider checking your garden and landscaping for them as well, and removing them if your cat regularly spends time in those areas.

Dinnertime Safety

Having a nice dinner or a family reunion to celebrate the holiday? Make sure your pet doesn’t indulge in your dinner too much herself. Lots of fatty table scraps can cause an upset stomach, and there are many human foods that could poison a pet, like onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, avocado, and alcoholic substances.

See your Southport vet for more Easter safety tips so everyone in your family can have a happy and relaxing holiday!

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