While you and your family are enjoying Easter be sure to practice these safety tips so your pets won’t have any mishaps, some which can be fatal.
You’re not the only one who likes chocolate, although it is never good for dogs or cats. Chocolate is toxic as it contains varying amounts of theobromine and caffeine. Eating chocolate may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and trembling.
Easter candy, if made with xylitol, is also toxic. Xylitol is a popular artificial sweetener used in baked goods, candy, and gum.
Colorful plastic grass used in making festive Easter baskets can obstruct the digestive tract causing dehydration, severe vomiting, making it difficult to poop. Cats are especially attracted to this grass because it moves in the breeze.
The Easter Lily may be indicative of Easter but but is highly toxic to cats as are daffodils. Symptoms include lethargy and vomiting and may progress to kidney failure and/or death.
Some people will go a little berserk and dye their dogs to match their outfits. (Go dye some eggs instead!). However, if this is the path your travel, never use commercial hair dye to color the hair on your pet. Natural and safe food colorings and unsweetened Kool-Aid (not sweetened with xylitol) are the “acceptable” methods. Dogs will lick themselves and you don’t want them licking poison or toxic products, which is also bad for their skin.
(Photo by Loren Dawn: Saffron Greyhound is a feisty, furry greyhound at 11 1/2.)