Most responsible pet owners know that pets and chocolate don’t mix. But there are a few other Easter related pet hazards that dog and cat owners should know about. Here’s a quick rundown on the most common Easter items that could harm your pet.
Chocolate is toxic to our pets and should always be kept away from curious or hungry dogs, cats, and other animals. Why is chocolate so dangerous? Besides caffeine, chocolate contains another stimulant called theobromine. These substances can cause rapid heart rate, agitation, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in pets.
The popular Easter lily poses a serous health risk to cats. Other types of lilies you may bring into your home at Easter are also toxic. These include tiger and stargazer lilies. While the exact toxin in lilies hasn’t been identified, a cat that ingests even a small bite of any part of a lily plant (leaf, flower, stem, pollen) can develop severe, sometimes fatal, kidney failure.
Those thin strands of plastic grass used to line Easter baskets can pose a health risk to pets. If ingested by dogs, cats, or other animals, they can become lodged in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract and cause an obstruction. Surgery may be required to remove the blockage and repair intestinal damage.
In addition to chocolate, it’s important to keep an eye on your pets as you prepare Easter dinner and serve it at the table. Remember that common human foods can be harmful to pets. Here’s a partial list:
- Bread dough
- Macadamia nuts
- Raw poultry and poultry bones
You can refer to the Pet Poison Helpline’s complete list of pet toxins for more information.