Easter is a favorite holiday for kids and adults alike. Family and church gatherings are often filled with delicious foods and candy treats, not to mention Easter egg hunts that are enjoyed by the young and old alike. While many pet owners are cautious regarding celebrations around Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Independence Day, it seems that Easter foods and decorations are often overlooked in regards to pet health issues. Dr Carol would like to remind you about some Easter safety tips for your pets to ensure everyone enjoys the celebrations!
- Cats typically tend to “smell the flowers” more then their canine counterparts, and it’s of little surprise that more cats are poisoned as a result of eating house plants and bouquet decorations. Lilies are a favorite around Easter in many homes, but these beautiful blossoms can cause kidney failure in cats.
- Careful with the candles! Decorative and fragrant candles can be beautiful and help to add a pleasing scent to the atmosphere. Parents of small children are often careful to place lit candles out of arm’s reach of a human child, but animal parents are sometimes forgetful that little Fido is as curious as any other youngster! Wagging tails and swiping paws can easily knock over a candle resulting in burns, messes, and worst of all, fires.
- Be especially attentive of pets in or around the kitchen and dining area during preparations and celebrations. Raw yeast dough can be especially dangerous for dogs and owners should remember that even a small amount can be harmful. Dogs also love the chocolates that are often shared at Easter. Chocolate bunnies can be deadly for your pup.
- Don’t share the Easter entree’ bones with your dog. Many pet owners will give their dog the bone from the ham, turkey, or lamb that is often prepared for Easter. Bones can splinter and cause intestinal problems for dogs and should be avoided.
All this week we will be sharing ways that you can enjoy Easter with your pet without compromising safety. Dr Carol will offer a nutritious snack or meal each day this week that you can consider preparing just for your pampered pooch so he or she can still be treated to a “special” meal at Easter.