Tips for a Pet-Safe Easter

Tips for a Pet-Safe Easter

Easter comes a bit early this year on Sunday, April 1. Like many people, you may enjoy decorating your home for the holiday, filling Easter baskets for the kids, and getting together with family for a delicious ham dinner. As you do so, keep in mind that some of the things traditionally associated with this springtime holiday can be harmful for pets.

Don’t Share Human Food or Candy

Chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and other Easter treats be may impossible for your pet to resist. Unfortunately, he may try to grab a mouthful when you have your back turned for just a minute. Chocolate is especially problematic for dogs and cats due to the active ingredient of theobromine. This can produce seizures as well as cause hyperactivity and an accelerated heart rate. The artificial sweetener Xylitol, which is a top ingredient in many seasonal sweets, can cause liver failure in pets.

If your pet can’t get at the candy, she would be just as happy with table scraps. However, they’re not necessarily safe for her either. Many foods in the traditional Easter meal contain excess spices, a high amount of fat, or small bones that could cause your pet to choke. If you’re hosting and you don’t think your guests will be able to resist such a cute beggar, be sure to keep your dog or cat contained in another room until people have finished eating. This is also a good idea if having company tends to make your pet anxious. She could act in unpredictable ways, especially towards children.

Easter Plants and Baskets

The Easter lily is one of the most popular plants for people to decorate with during this season. Although lilies are beautiful, they’re extremely toxic to cats. Since cats naturally gravitate towards chewing plants and grass, it’s best to avoid bringing lilies into your home. The most adventurous cats will still find a way to get at the plant even if it’s on a high shelf.

The plastic grass that parents use to decorate Easter baskets for the kids can be a choking hazard to pets. It can also cause immediate gastrointestinal symptoms if swallowed. If you do choose to use plastic grass, let your children know they should keep the baskets in their bedrooms. Also, make sure your pet isn’t in the same room when your kids find their Easter baskets in the morning.

If you hide candy inside of hard plastic eggs, this is another thing your pet may feel he needs to investigate. If he bites into one hard enough, pieces of plastic cold become stuck in his throat. You also don’t want your pet to eat hard-boiled eggs.

Emergency Contact Information

It doesn’t have to be Easter Sunday for your pet to get into something that could hurt her. If you need help during regular office hours, please call Grantsburg Animal Hospital at 715-463-2536 or Wild River Veterinary Clinic at 320-629-4742. After hours, you may call Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service. Please click here to find contact information for the location closest to you.

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