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Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter is just around the corner! This can be a dangerous holiday for our furry pals. You’ll want to take a few precautions to keep your pet healthy and safe. A Cincinnati, OH vet lists some common hazards to be aware of below.

Chocolate

Chocolate is definitely a huge concern. It contains a substance called theobromine, which is toxic to pets. In fact, it can be lethal to pets at a dose of just one once per pound of body weight! Keep Easter bunnies and other chocolate treats out of paws’ reach. Candies are also a concern, as they often contain things like raisins, nuts, and xylitol, which are toxic in and of themselves. Plus, the wrappers can be choking hazards.

Bouquets

Pretty bouquets are a popular centerpiece for many Easter dinners. However, many contain flowers that are poisonous to pets. Lilies, for example, are extremely toxic to cats. Daffodils, bluebells, tulips, and many other flowers are also dangerous. You can find a full directory of safe and unsafe plants on the ASPCA website here.

Parasites

As the weather gets warmer, fleas, ticks, and other insects will come out of hiding. Make sure your furry friend is current on their vaccines and parasite control products!

Decorations

Those plastic ‘grasses’ you find in many Easter baskets are a serious choking hazard for pets. They can also cause dangerous medical problems if ingested. Garlands are also unsafe, as is anything small or sharp.

Eggs

Having an Easter egg hunt? Make sure all the eggs were picked up. Otherwise, they’ll spoil quickly … which won’t necessarily stop Fido from eating them.

Food

Are you hosting Easter dinner? There’s nothing wrong with giving your beloved pet a special treat, but be careful what you offer them. Many of our favorite dishes are dangerous to our animal companions! Some things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; caffeine; pitted fruits; alcohol; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything with a lot of salt, sugar, or fat.

Heat

April can go either way: the weather can be mild, cold, or even hot. Regardless of what the thermometer says, make sure that your pet is comfortable, and always has access to shelter and fresh water.

Happy Easter! Please contact us, your local Cincinnati, OH vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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