How do you Keep Pets Safe during the Easter Period?

April 9th, 2020

The Easter period can be fun and exciting for families, especially kids, however this time of year can pose some dangers to pets. When decorating, baking and preparing for an Easter egg hunt, pet owners should familiarise themselves with some potential Easter hazards.

Chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies are a tasty Easter treat for humans to enjoy, however chocolate is extremely toxic to cats and dogs. Be mindful of your pets and keep chocolates away from them. Chocolate consumption can result in vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures and if a large amount is ingested could even be fatal.

Hot Cross Buns
An Easter staple, hot cross buns are such a delicious treat; however for pets they are very toxic. Hot cross buns made with dried fruits such as sultanas, raisins or currants can cause serious kidney damage to your beloved pet.  Ensure that hot cross buns are kept away from your pet this Easter season.

Easter Lilies
These beautiful flowers may be placed around your home during the Easter period, but be very wary these flowers can cause serious harm to cats. Lilies are poisonous to cats, they can cause kidney failure. If you have a cat it would be best to avoid having these flowers in your home.

Easter Toys
During the Easter period, households may use small baby chicks, plastic eggs and bunnies as decorations. These small toys should be kept away from pets because if they are swallowed they could be a choking hazard.  If you want to decorate your home this Easter, try to get bigger toys so your pet cannot fit them in their mouths and try to keep decorations out of your pets reach.

If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of these take your pet to the vet immediately. Be mindful of your pet this Easter season. To avoid unnecessary worry and stressful veterinary trips keep them safe from anything that could cause them any harm.

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