6 Easter Items that Are Hazardous to Pets
Keep Easter safe for your furry friends with these quick tips
Among Christians, what kid doesn’t love the sight of a chocolate bunny nestled in a basket full of plastic Easter grass? Unfortunately, both the bunny and the grass are potentially dangerous to pets, as are a few other common Easter items.
Here are six things to keep your pet away from this Easter.
Easter lilies. Even a tiny nibble of a lily plant is toxic to pets and may lead to the death of your cat. According to the ASPCA, “Exposure to any parts of the plant can result in kidney injury and gastrointestinal upset.”
Chocolate. Many dogs like chocolate as much as humans do, but while a child might get a bellyache from eating too much, a dog could get very sick from eating a small amount. Chocolate contains methylxanthines — compounds that include caffeine and theobromine — which are toxic to dogs. Depending on how much and what kind of chocolate your dog eats, symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhea to tremors, seizures and even death. So keep those bunnies and Easter baskets off the floor and out of your pooch’s reach. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous.
Easter bread dough. If your dog eats uncooked bread dough, her stomach offers a warm, moist environment — a perfect place for the yeast to keep multiplying, making the dough rise. A swollen stomach can affect her breathing and kill tissues in her stomach wall. The yeast also makes alcohol, which can lead to intoxication.
Plastic Easter grass. This Easter basket staple could get stuck in your pet’s GI tract and, as the ASPCA puts it, “wreak havoc.” Look for vomiting, diarrhea, a decrease in appetite and lethargy, according to the ASPCA.
Plastic Easter eggs. Some people set up Easter egg hunts for their dogs. But if your pooch were to chew on a plastic egg and swallow the plastic, it could cut his throat or worse. If you want to give your furry friend an Easter treat, put it inside an appropriate dog toy.
Easter toys. If your basket contains small toys, remember that these can be a choking hard for dogs (and small children).
Related: Dog Toys: Which Ones Are Safest?
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