Mar 28 2024

Pet Safety Tips for a Happy Easter!

As Easter approaches, it’s essential to ensure the safety and well-being of our beloved pets. While we humans enjoy egg hunts and indulge in sweet treats, our furry friends need some extra care during this festive season. Here are some crucial pet safety tips to keep your companions safe, healthy, and happy throughout the Easter weekend:

1. Chocolate Alert!

Chocolate is a popular Easter treat, but it’s dangerous for pets. Theobromine and caffeine in chocolate can cause gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, nervous system stimulation (hyperactivity, tremors, and seizures), and an elevated heart rate. Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more hazardous it is for our furry pals. Keep all chocolate out of their reach.

2. Beware of Easter Grass

Plastic grass used in Easter baskets may seem harmless, but it can be problematic for pets. If ingested, it can become lodged in their gastrointestinal tract, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, and stomach pain. Opt for safer alternatives or keep Easter grass out of their reach.

3. Lilies and Spring Bulbs

Springtime brings blooming flowers, including lilies and bulbs. Lilies (Lilium sp and Hemerocallis sp) are especially dangerous for cats. Even minimal exposure to any part of the plant can result in serious kidney injury and gastrointestinal upset. Keep these plants away from curious paws.

4. Mind the Fertilizers and Herbicides

As gardening season kicks off, many people use fertilizers and herbicides. Store these products where pets can’t access them, as ingestion can be harmful. Follow label instructions, and keep pets indoors while applying these substances. Wait until the ground is dry before allowing pets back outside.

5. Create a Safe Space

Easter gatherings can be overwhelming for pets. If you’re hosting guests, consider designating a quiet “safe room” for your furry companion. Fill it with their favorite toys, bed, food, and water. This provides a calm retreat when the festivities get too noisy.

6. Emergency Contacts

Keep your veterinarian’s contact information handy.

For after hours emergencies, contract the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital at (905)829-9444; Animal Health Partners Lakeshore at (905)858-6767; or Burlington Veterinary Emergency Hospital (905)637-8111.

In the event your pet ingests something that you could be toxic, you can also reach out to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.  As always, our after hours voicemail return service is available daily until 10pm!

Remember, a little extra vigilance ensures that our pets have a joyful and safe Easter celebration. 🐶🐱🌼

Wishing you and your furry companions a delightful Easter weekend! 🐾🌸

John Glauser | Our Stories

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