dog with easter costume

This time of year is simply resplendent, but despite all the sunshine and colorful blossoms, the weeks leading up to – and directly following – Easter can present certain risks to pet health.

In order to fully enjoy all that the spring has to offer, pet owners have some pretty serious legwork ahead. But the more ground you cover, the more effective your approach to Easter pet safety. 

Not a Good Time for a Pet Emergency

The truth is, it’s always frightening when a pet needs emergency care. But it’s far worse when you have family obligations during the major holidays of the year. Preparing ahead of time for Easter pet safety will not only lower your pet’s risk, it will help to keep you calm should an accident occur.

Welcome, Spring

Most people love spring because of the myriad flowers everywhere. From blossoming trees to bulbs lining every driveway in town, there’s just an abundance of life, color, and energy.

Unfortunately, the first rule of Easter pet safety is to control and limit your pet’s exposure to toxic flowers. They are everywhere! Lilies (incredibly common this time of year) really have no place inside your pet’s home. While exquisite, it only takes a tiny sample to cause major problems for pet cats. Without immediate intervention, lily toxicity can lead to organ failure and even death.

Avoid These Flowers

Additionally, the risk to overall Easter pet safety can increase with exposure to the following flowers:

  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Iris
  • Hydrangea
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea

Please consult this list for more information on safe flower alternatives this Spring.

No, Thanks!

Chocolate bunnies are the pinnacle of cuteness, but they can cause a lot of problems for pets who decide to sample the contents of the Easter basket. Of course, the degree of toxicity depends on your pet’s weight, how much they eat, and what kind of chocolate it is. But it’s safe to say that the two active chemicals found in chocolate, caffeine and theobromine, can cause a range of symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea, seizures, internal bleeding, and irregular heartbeat. 

More About Candy

Sugar-free gum and candy is a great alternative for people trying to lower their sugar intake, but these items can be disastrous for pets. Xylitol, a popular sugar alternative, must remain paws-off. If undetected or ignored, exposure to Xylitol can cause seizures or fatal organ damage. 

The Word on Wrappers

Easter baskets are prime targets of sniffing pets. Please be aware of any discarded plastic or foil wrappers, artificial grass, and other possible gastrointestinal obstructions.

Eggs and Easter Pet Safety

Even though fresh hard boiled eggs aren’t considered dangerous for pets, they can spoil quickly if left out. If your family is hiding real hard boiled, decorated eggs around the house or yard, be sure to count them before – and after – the hunt. 

Happy Spring

If you have questions about Easter pet safety, please let us know. From all of us at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, have a safe and happy spring with your pet!