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Easter Pet Safety

Easter is just around the corner. It’s always nice to get together with our loved ones and celebrate the spring holiday. However, just like any other holiday, Easter does pose some dangers to our furry friends. In this article, a Bee Cave, TX vet offers some Easter pet safety tips.

Food

Delicious feasts are a part of many Easter traditions. There’s nothing wrong with giving your pet something special, but be careful what you offer. Many popular items are toxic to pets! Some dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits; avocado; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; raw dough or yeast; dairy products; nuts; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; and anything including xylitol.

Heat

April can get pretty hot! Make sure your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. If you have a dog, Fido should also have shade and shelter outdoors.

Decorations

Keep your four-legged pal’s safety in mind when hanging decorations. Those colorful plastic eggs can break into sharp pieces that can choke or injure playful pets. That colorful plastic grass you find in Easter baskets is also a choking hazard. Any kind of garland or string is also a concern, as are small or sharp objects.

Candy

Chocolates, candies, and other sweets are definitely on the no-no list. Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine, which pets can’t metabolize properly. Even small amounts can cause serious problems, such as vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and heart palpitations. In large doses, it can even be fatal! Many of those sweet treats also contain nuts, raisins, or xylitol, which are toxic in and of themselves. Plus smaller candies are choking hazards, as are plastic wrappers.

Bouquets

Those colorful flowers are another concern. Many popular flowers are poisonous to pets! Tulips, lilies, daffodils, and bluebells are all unsafe. You can find more information on safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and heartworms will be coming out full force as it heats up. Keep up with your pet’s parasite control!

Guests

Guests should not pose a direct risk. The issue here is that someone may leave a door open, or inadvertently give your pet something that isn’t safe. If you’re hosting this year’s feast, keep a close eye on your four-legged buddy!

Is your pet overdue for an exam? Contact us, your local Bee Cave, TX vet clinic, today! 

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