We’re rolling right along the lovely, flower-filled spring time path, not unlike an oblong egg. The air is clear, the sun is shining, and all is right with the world. Add to this seasonal splendor a veritable feast of tasty treats, skipping through an egg hunt, and baskets chock full of goodies.
This all paints a pretty colorful scene, but the fact is, without certain Easter pet safety measures firmly in place, your pet could be in peril.
A Happy Time
We’d be hard-pressed to find someone that dislikes egg hunts. They’re a rollicking good time full of giggles, friendly competition, and prizes. If your hunt comes with a menagerie of hard boiled eggs, make sure you complete a count before and after the hunt. That way, you can rest easy knowing that an egg wasn’t picked up by your hungry, curious pet.
It’s not that eggs are necessarily bad, but if they’re found weeks later, you could be looking at food poisoning. Also, eggshells can lead to choking or lacerations.
Plastic eggs are also dangerous if eaten, making close supervision of Easter pet safety rules priority number one.
Dangers of Grass
Putting all your eggs in one basket is okay with us, but artificial grass is extremely dangerous to your pet. Spending Easter in the emergency room due to a gastrointestinal obstruction is not the best way to celebrate the holiday.
Easter chocolate is extremely dangerous to your pet. Please ensure that he or she cannot get into any chocolate bunnies or eggs stashed around the home. Please call us immediately if you notice vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, collapse, or tremors. Chocolate toxicity can lead to coma and even death.
Treats artificially sweetened with Xylitol are equally toxic. As part of your Easter pet safety tactics, please do not offer or allow access to any baked goods, gum, or candy.
Blooms and Stems
Easter is synonymous with various florals, but exposing your pet to them could have dire consequences. Lilies are the most popular, but even a small amount ingested can cause a host of terrible symptoms or even be fatal. Cats can ingest enough of toxin by grooming pollen off themselves. Of the most critical rules of Easter pet safety, ensuring your pet doesn’t face the dangers of toxic plants is key.
Easter Pet Safety
One of the best parts of the holiday is, of course, the family meal. It’s best to fix an individual plate for your pet either before or during your own meal. Otherwise, the temptation of rich, fatty, or salty meats and other unsafe food may be too great for your pet to resist.
If there’s anything we can do to prevent a misfortune to your pet, we encourage you to call us. Our veterinarians and staff are always here for you and your pet.
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