Watch Out for These Dangers to Your Pets at Easter

Patch file photo by Gary Jeanfaivre
Patch file photo by Gary Jeanfaivre
By David Gurliacci

Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, a chain of employee-owned veterinary hospitals, has this advice for keeping your pets safe from the dangerous things they can get into around Easter:
  • Never give your pets chocolate. Chocolate can be life-threatening to cats and dogs.
  • Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats.
  • Easter basket grass can be fatal if swallowed. Cats and dogs may eat the grass and it can become lodged in the intestines.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol and raw or undercooked food can be poisonous to pets.
  • Make sure as guests and deliveries come and go, pets remain safely inside. Doors left open can result in your pet being hit by a car.
  • If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Try to get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, your veterinarian can assist with medicine to calm your pet. 

Do you have a story of your pet getting into a candy-filled Easter basket? Tell us about it in the comments below.

John D April 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM
Keep your good pets segregated from those pit bulls or you could lose them.
Cyndee Fuller April 19, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Why is this dog not on a leash?
Sayona April 19, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Ok........lots of happy people here. When my children were young we hid eggs in the yard for their hunt. One dog used to collect them before we went outside and put them on his bed, smelling the candy inside. Kids learned to trade dog treats to get their eggs back. A different kind of egg hunt- and I miss that dog.
Robert L. Cerra April 19, 2014 at 09:58 PM
hey hey hey -Didn't you get the message -dogs have rights too, the Supreme Crt should be ruling on his soon. We need Al Gore to make us a documentary about the new meaning of puppy love then he can sell us dog food instead of energy credits.
Joe Veno April 20, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Lighten up folks this is a story about keeping animals safe not a bitch session !


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