Easter Safety Tips for Dog and Cat Owners

Easter is coming up fast! Make sure your pet will be safe by following a few simple safety guidelines. Your Diamond Bar veterinarian lists them below.

Hide the Chocolate

Chocolate treats abound this time of year, from chocolate eggs to large Easter bunnies. If pets decide to take a nibble on these products, severe symptoms can result, including vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and even seizures and collapse. Keep all chocolate in sealed containers inside of locked cabinets so pets won’t have a chance of swallowing any.

Store Candy Safely

Many candies and gum contain xylitol, an artificial sugar substitute. Xylitol won’t harm us, but it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and other serious poisoning symptoms in our furry friends! Don’t let your pet come in contact with any candy or gum. Remember to have your vet’s number on hand in the event an accident does occur.

Check Your Flowers

Did you know that lilies can be toxic to cats? A common Easter flower, the lily can cause toxic reactions in cats if enough is swallowed. Check your Easter bouquets to make sure they don’t contain lilies, and throw them out safely if you find them.

Egg Hunt Safety

A curious pet might decide to take a chomp on a painted Easter egg. Not only is the paint on the outside not good for him, the sharp shell edges could cut a pet’s mouth, paws, or face. Keep mischievous pets indoors while you’re hunting eggs. Don’t think the plastic variety is hazard-free, either—a pet could all too easily break apart a plastic egg, which presents a choking hazard.

Easter Baskets

Our Easter baskets not only contain harmful chocolate and candy, they probably contain plastic grass as a liner. This stuff looks like a fun toy to many pets, but it can easily obstruct the digestive pathways, leading to serious health complications. Keep Easter baskets far out of your pet’s reach.

Ask your Diamond Bar veterinarian about other potential Easter hazards. Knowing what to look for ahead of time is the best way to keep your beloved companion safe this holiday!

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