While Easter may be a fun time for humans, without the proper precautions, it could be deadly for their pets, especially cats and dogs. Traditional Easter decorations and goodies, such as Easter lilies, plastic basket grass, and chocolate pose the most easily accessible dangers to the beloved family members.
Lilies And Plastic Easter Basket Grass Can Be A Potential Threat For Our Pets
Easter lilies are one of the most common holiday decorations and are actually deathly poisonous to cats. Eating just one leaf or petal leads to severe poisoning and can result in kidney failure, or even death. This is according to the ASPCA or The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the leading company against cruelty to animals. If you suspect your cat has gotten into the Easter lilies, take it to the vet immediately. There, specialists will induce vomiting and bowel movements to get the poison out of their system.
While it provides a nice, decorative background for the eggs in the children’s Easter baskets, your pets cannot digest the plastic grass if they do try to eat it. In fact, it can not only get wrapped around their tongues. Or it can get lodged in their digestive system and wreak havoc. This can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, lethargy, and a decrease in appetite.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a center that provides accessible biomedical and genomic information to the public, chocolate is responsible for “almost a quarter of all [potential poisonings]” in animals. Smaller dogs are more severely affected by the same amount of chocolate than large dogs.
However, as the chocolate is increasingly ‘darker’, it also becomes increasingly more toxic, and this applies to all dogs. Chocolate poisoning attacks the nervous system and can lead to hyperactivity, seizures, and even death.
With some precautions, you can have fun, and your pets can stay safe this Easter.
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