We all enjoy a holiday; spending time with family and friends, often over a special meal or treats, provides needed respite from our regular routines. However, these special days can also provide novel ways for your pet to get into trouble. There’s a good reason that visits to Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota spike over the holidays!
With Easter on the horizon, we wanted to let you know three simple things you can avoid to ensure a more pleasant and safe holiday for you and your pets.
1) Easter lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers to look at, and one of the most toxic and dangerous to bring into your house! Just a tiny bite of any part of these lovely flowers, or a sip of the water in which they have been kept, can destroy your cat’s kidneys and cause death. Lilies can be harmful to dogs, too. As a pet owner, just say NO to lilies. Daffodils or bright tulips can make just as lovely an arrangement without the potential disaster.
2) Easter grass is a very traditional filler for Easter baskets, but not only is it harmful to the environment, it can be harmful to your pets. When eaten, long stringy objects like Easter grass, dental floss, and Christmas tree tinsel can cinch up your pet’s intestines like a hood on a sweatshirt when the strings are pulled tight. Leave Easter grass on the shelf and use shredded newspaper, play silks, or tissue paper instead.
3) We all know about chocolate by now, so keep those Easter baskets and chocolatey goodies up and out of reach of hungry pets! In addition, monitor counter-cruising pets to make sure ham and turkey doesn’t become their meal instead of yours. Very sugary or fatty foods can cause pancreatitis, an illness characterized by vomiting and abdominal pain, which often requires hospitalization to treat.
4) When possible, it may be wise to avoid animals guests that arrive with the human guests. Unless your dog is very comfortable with other animals or already has an established relationship with the visiting animal, canine guests can often cause stress, fear, or even fights to erupt. If the visit is unavoidable, take introductions slowly and carefully in a controlled environment, or keep the dogs separate and avoid potential trouble completely.
We hope you have a peaceful and safe Easter holiday!