7 Easter Dangers
For most people Easter brings fond memories of egg hunts, baskets and bunnies. But be careful! These Easter treats can be dangerous to your pet's health.
But don't worry, you don't have to give up your favourite traditions to have a safe and happy Easter. Watch out for these hazards, supervise your pets closely and try our substitution tips and everyone can have a Happy Easter!
The following seven holiday products are the most common Easter dangers:
Eggs - Dyed and Plastic
Shiny plastic eggs may look like toys to your pets. If they chew and swallow the plastic, it can cause intestinal problems that may require surgery. Fresh, hardboiled eggs are not dangerous, but eggs spoil quickly. If days later your pet finds and eats an egg that was undiscovered during the Easter egg hunt, it can make them very sick. Tip: Keep track of the number of eggs hidden and make sure all are accounted for at the end of the hunt.
Most adults already know how dangerous chocolate is for pets but it is important that children know as well. Make sure to tell your children that sharing their Easter egg treats with the family pet could make their pets very sick. Still, supervision is key. Tip: With chocolate bunnies in every basket and chocolate eggs hidden around the house, it may be best if your pets are kept in an "Easter free zone" during the festivities.
These flowers are beautiful and festive but should be avoided at all costs if you share your home with pets. Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats. Vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite are symptoms of lily poisoning. Cats who take a bite of the flower can die from kidney failure in less than two days if left untreated. Tip: Try fake lilies for the same look without the risk.
Chocolate isn't the only tasty treat that is dangerous for your pet. Too much sugar can also cause digestive upsets. Additionally, the foil wrappers around sweets can cause internal damage. The sharp pieces may tear your pet's throat or intestines. Tip: Be sure to keep a close eye on your pet and clean up all wrappers immediately.
Those teeny tiny baby chick toys and bendy bunnies may be good basket stuffers for your children but to your pets they look like a good snack. Small toys are a choking hazard and should be kept away from cats and dogs. Be sure that baskets are kept off the ground, or that pets are kept in another room while baskets are being unwrapped. Tip: Make sure all toys and parts are too big for your pet to fit in their mouth.
Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! Not only do these cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care, but they often carry Salmonella. This harmful bacteria can be transmitted to your children and other pets. Tip: Stuffed bunnies and chicks make a much better choice as Easter pets!
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