Easter- Christianity’s most important holiday, celebrating Christ’s resurrection from the dead, will be observed by about 80 % of Americans. As with most holidays, food, candy and flowers will be added to the celebration.
Here are 5 tips to prevent your holiday from becoming a basket case of problems with your pets.
- Easter Lily – There are benign and dangerous lilies out there, with Easter Lily being fatal for cats. Be very careful with any plants coming in to your home. Keep them out of your pet’s reach at ALL times.
- Candy – We’ve all heard that chocolate can be toxic to pets, but just how much is too much? It depends on the size of the pet and the type of chocolate. The most dangerous chocolates are baker’s chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and dark chocolate.
- Food and Drink – You may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats. Pets are creatures of habit and changes in their usual diet can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Decoration – Strings, like “grass” from an Easter basket, are simply too tempting for pets to resist. When pets swallow something stringy, like ribbon, yarn, or floss, the stringy item wraps around the base of the tongue or anchors in the stomach and is unable to pass through the intestinal tissue, resulting in severe damage and possible rupture of the pet’s intestinal tract. Even after surgical removal, some pets may not survive. If a pet does ingest a long piece of tinsel, ribbon thread or string, immediately bring the animal into the clinic for an examination. Most importantly, if you can see the string hanging from the pet’s mouth or anus, do not pull on it, as doing so may result in further tissue damage.
Doors- When friends and family visit your house, they may not be as diligent as you are in keeping doors closed. An excited or scared pet during the extra traffic in the house may see an open door as an invitation to stray. Keep a note by the door alerting visitors about your pets and have a recent photo with microchip number and vaccination records in an easy-to-grab folder.
- Animals – Rabbits and chickens can make very nice pets and each year people are inspired by the Easter holiday to get them for their children. But these animals have very special requirements and often people are not educated in how to properly care for them. We never want to see an animal suffer due to the owner’s lack of good information.