Easter is just a few days away! Are you preparing a big feast, or perhaps an Easter egg hunt? Or are you celebrating more quietly this year? While many festivities may be scaled down, due to the coronavirus, there will still be some celebrations. Whatever your plans are, it’s important to be aware of some of the hazards that the spring holiday can present for our furry friends. A local Bucks County, PA vet lists some of them below.
Chocolate may be a special treat for us, but it’s highly toxic to our four-legged pals. The issue here is a substance called theobromine, which pets can’t metabolize properly. Keep chocolate bunnies and other treats away from Fido and Fluffy! It’s also worth pointing out that many of those sweets also contain things like sugar, nuts, corn syrup, and xylitol, none of which are safe for pets.
Pretty flowers can brighten up any home or table. Unfortunately, some of those blooms are poisonous to pets. Some of the more dangerous ones include lilies, daffodils, chrysanthemums, oleanders, and tulips. However, there are many more. This is also something to keep in mind if you are planning to work on your garden soon. Check the ASPCA site here for more information.
Summer’s heat isn’t far off now. Make sure that your furry buddy is ready for it! You may want to set out extra water bowls, and start making cold treats. Brushing your pet regularly will also help. If you aren’t using paw balm on your dog’s paws, start now, before it gets really hot.
If you are hosting Easter dinner, take care with what you offer Fido and Fluffy. Ham isn’t great for dogs and cats, though tiny amounts on occasion is okay. Other unsafe foods include meat on the bone; grapes and raisins; avocados; garlic; dairy products; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.
Decorations are another concern. Anything with ropes, cords, or strings, such as garlands, can choke or entangle playful pets. You’ll also need to keep plastic items out of paws’ reach. This includes those decorative plastic eggs, colored films, and the fake grass that comes in Easter baskets.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your local Bucks County, PA veterinary clinic, we are always happy to help!