Easter is often a time for celebration, reflection, family and eating. As a pet parent, there are a few extra things you might want to think about if you want to ensure that your pet has a healthy and safe Easter.
For many of us, Easter includes chocolate egg hunts, hot cross buns and fresh flower arrangements. But don’t forget – the chocolate and treats we enjoy so much are actually poisonous if shared with your furry friends.
The danger with chocolate is that animals such as dogs, cats, parrots and horses can't effectively metabolise the chocolate chemical known as Theobromine.
Unlike us humans, theobromine causes a wide range of problems including vomiting, diarrhoea, excessive urinating and hyperactivity. In severe cases, this can be followed by depression, coma, seizures and even death.
Most of the chocolate toxicity cases we see occur when dogs jump onto benches and devour whole packets of chocolate. Sniffing through shopping bags and hampers is fun and games to most dogs but potentially dangerous especially at Easter time.
Safety Tip: If you are preparing an Easter egg hunt, ensure that your pets are secure and kept away from the temptation of smelling out the Easter eggs.
Lilies can be a popular flower around Easter time, often used in table arrangements or simply displayed around the home.
Ingestion of certain flowers causes toxicity in our pets with symptoms ranging from vomiting, diarrhoea and acute renal or cardiac failure. Lilies in particular are a very popular household flower yet all types of lilies are extremely toxic to pets, especially our feline friends. The entire plant is toxic and symptoms of lily toxicity include vomiting (often containing pieces of lily) and signs associated with kidney failure including disinterest in food, depression, vomiting and the ability to urinate properly.
Safety Tip: Avoid lilies in your home or ensure that they are kept out of reach of your curious feline friend.
Who can resist the smell of a freshly baked hot crossed buns? Most hot crossed buns contain raisins, and these along with sultanas and grapes can be toxic to our furry friends causing acute kidney failure in both dogs and cats.
Safety Tip: Keep raisins, as well as grapes and currants, well away from your dogs. Don’t share your hot crossed buns with your furry family members.
How to create safe Easter fun for your pet:
Your pets can enjoy the Easter festivities too as there are many yummy and safe treats available for pets such as; dried liver, carrot sticks, dried dog and cat treat biscuits and carob is a perfect chocolate alternative for dogs.
If the unthinkable happens and you suspect that your beloved pet has eaten chocolate, please contact your local Greencross Vet as soon as possible.
We wish you a Happy Easter and hope that you enjoy the yummy Easter chocolate! But please, don’t let your pet be a victim of your little indulgence. Keep your Easter eggs locked up and out of reach.