| Pet Safety at Easter: 5 Hidden Dangers
your Easter basket full of items that could be dangerous to your pets?
Keep your pets safe this Easter and avoid these 5 hidden dangers!
Posted by Administrator on 4/22/2011
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Easter Pet Danger 1: Poisonous Flowers & Plants
they make for beautiful centerpieces on your Easter table, certain
plants and flowers can be deadly for pets. Lilies, amaryllis, and
kalanchoe are just a few popular flowers used in Easter floral
arrangements and all three are on the ASPCA's 17 Common Poisonous Plants
list. It is extremely important to keep floral arrangements out of your
house that contain these, and/or any other poisonous plants, as many
pets are apt to chew on them. Reactions can range from cardiac issues to
kidney failure, even death, depending on the plant or flower consumed.
Even the tiniest nibble of some poisonous plants is enough to cause
serious health issues.
If you are unsure of the safety of the
flowers in a floral arrangement, always check with your pet's
veterinarian before bringing them into your house. The ASPCA also has a
great database where you can search for "Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants" on
Easter Pet Danger 2: Chocolate
chocolate bunnies to chocolate eggs, Easter baskets are traditionally
overflowing with this rich confection. However, chocolate is extremely
dangerous (and potentially deadly) to pets: especially dogs, who are
more apt to gnaw at a tempting chocolate rabbit. Many people also use
chocolates as hidden treats or trails for Easter egg hunts. This is a
recipe for disaster: you don't want to risk missing a piece that is
found by your cat or dog, as this could result in a life-threatening
situation for your pet.
According to HealthyPet.com, chocolate is
poisonous to pets due to the ingredient theobromine. Different types of
chocolate contain different levels of theobromine, but any amount is
considered dangerous and should be kept out of the reach of your pets.
the best way to prevent potential poisoning is to completely avoid
having any type of chocolate in the house, if you feel you must include
it in your holiday menu, be sure to keep chocolate out of Easter Baskets, egg hunts, or anywhere your pet has access to.
Easter Pet Danger 3: Cellophane Easter Grass
grass is the close cousin to Christmas tinsel and just as difficult to
keep off the floor and away from pets. This slimy shredded packing
material can find its way into the deepest corners of a house, which is
not just a cleaning nightmare, but it can be a serious pet safety issue
Cats especially like to play with Easter grass as it
closely resembles string. The short length of the grass makes it easy to
be swallowed and the strands can get caught in the intestinal tract
which can result in life-threatening obstructions.
replacing cellophane Easter grass with safe alternatives such as
shredded newspaper. This safe alternative is less likely to tempt pets
and is better for the environment. So save your pets (and your vacuum)
and avoid the cellophane grass this year.
Easter Pet Danger 4: Table Scraps
an abundance of delicious food, many a plate could be overfilled by
guests whose eyes were bigger than their stomachs. And what better way
to help clean your plate than to innocently offer a few scraps to those
big puppy eyes under the table? As innocent as the intention may be,
table scraps can pose lots of health hazards to your pets.
foods are not easily digested by dogs or cats which can lead to
gastro-intestinal upset. Aside from not wanting your pet to become sick,
you certainly don't want to have to stop your Easter celebration to
clean up pet vomit or diarrhea.
there are other dangers besides an upset stomach. Eggs that are
leftover from Easter egg hunts can be contaminated with salmonella which
can cause very severe illness. In addition, dogs that are given bones
can gnaw shards off that can get lodged in their throats or stomachs, a
serious issue that could require surgery.
To help prevent party poopers (literally): politely ask your guests to refrain from feeding table scraps to your pets.
Easter Pet Danger 5: Real Animals in Easter Baskets
all see the pictures of fluffy yellow chicks and floppy-eared bunnies
advertised in Easter baskets. But what you don't see is the bacteria and
the ten year commitment they come with. As cute as they look in the store, they pose health risks to children and require as much responsibility to won as a cat or a dog.
are popular animals at Easter, but the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention warn that those yellow balls of fluff can carry salmonella: a
dangerous strain of bacteria. In addition, those fluffy little chicks
quickly grow into full-size birds. They require lots of space, proper
care, and they fast become a real responsibility that could take up a
large amount of time each day.
Every year, many rabbits are
abandoned at shelters a few weeks after Easter. Many parents buy bunnies
for their kids' Easter baskets without fully understanding the
responsibility that comes with owning a rabbit.
are very fragile animals and can easily be injured by an overzealous
hug from an excited child. They also have sharp teeth and claws which
can in turn, injure the child. Aside from the dangers of a hug, bunnies
grow into adult rabbits very quickly. They require ample indoor space
and their care is comparable to that of a cat or a dog. According to the
House Rabbit Society, rabbits can live up to ten or more years: a long
commitment to proper care.
So instead of purchasing a live chick
or a bunny for a child's Easter basket, consider a stuffed animal
instead. The toys are cleaner, can withstand tight squeezes, and you
don't have to wake up at 5am every morning to feed it.
alternative is to make a donation to a local zoo and sponsor an animal.
Many organizations will send you a photo of the animal your donation
goes towards that you can put in the Easter basket. Extend the fun of
this gift with family trips to the zoo in the spring and summer to visit
your sponsored animal. It is a great way to educate children and create
a unique and interactive Easter experience. How many other kids at
school can say that they got a hippopotamus for Easter?
information on how to keep your pet safe this Easter, or if you think
your pet may have come into contact with a harmful plant, food product
or any other potentially dangerous item: contact your pet's veterinarian
information in this article is intended for educational purposes only
and should not be used to diagnose or treat any pet health issues. The
information in this article should not replace the professional care and
consultation from your pet's veterinarian.
ASPCA, "17 Common Poisonous Plants," www.aspca.org
HealthyPet.com, "Pet Care: Chocolate is dangerous for pets," www.healthypet.com
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Why parents should think twice about giving baby birds for Easter," www.cdc.gov
House Rabbit Society, "Easter and Rabbits," www.rabbit.org
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