Easter and Springtime Hazards
When it is time for spring cleaning, you often stow away your winter decor, perhaps dig out your Easter or springtime decorations, and transform your home for the season. If you have a cat or dog in the house, you might want to steer clear of seasonal items that might pose potential threats to your pet’s health. Prevent a trip to the emergency vet by pet-proofing your spring-spiffy house.
Easter Lily and Daffodils
Easter lily plants are commonly on display in the spring or given as Easter gifts. This plant and all related plants in the lily family are highly toxic to cats if ingested. Another spring flower often used in cut flower arrangements, daffodils, are also toxic to cats.
Easter Grass (Plastic or Paper)
Cats love anything that moves. Easter grass moves easily in a room with a breeze or draft, makes interesting sounds, and, for some cats, it is simply irresistible and must be eaten.Stringy things like Easter grass or tinsel at Christmas, pose a deadly threat if ingested. Veterinarians consider Easter grass a linear foreign body. Signs that your pet has this problem, aside from the material being visible from the mouth or anus, are vomiting, straining to defecate, and a painful abdomen.
Chocolate is typically more of a dog hazard, as many dogs have a sweet tooth, a great nose, and the determination to find chocolate—hidden or not. More often than not, your dog will find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or Hershey’s Kisses in eggs hidden in your backyard Easter hunt before your kids, so, keep them away.
Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in many candies, chewing gums, tubes of toothpaste, and baked goods, is potentially very toxic to dogs and ferrets.