Enjoy this holiday by keeping your pets safe from the dangers that can accompany this season. These are the potential threats to be careful of:
Although a beautiful symbol of the Easter season, all parts of this plant are very toxic to CATS (not dogs or humans!). Even just a few petals or leaves, or a small amount of pollen ingested while your cat is grooming can cause fatal kidney failure. Symptoms usually start within 6-12 hours of exposure, and can be vomiting, loss of appetite, lethargy and dehydration. As kidney failure develops, the cat may become disoriented and begin staggering. Time is critical with lily exposure, and if you see your cat eating or licking an Easter lily, call immediately!
This is the fake plastic grass that often is found in Easter baskets, and although it can be deadly to both dogs and cats, CATS are most often the pet to play with and eat this grass. The problem occurs when this string catches around the base of the cat's tongue, and creates what is known as a linear foreign body. It causes the cat to vomit, have a poor appetite, and be lethargic. Easter grass can cause damage to the cat's gastrointestinal system, and it requires expensive abdominal surgery to remove.
Easter chocolate can be poisonous to dogs! Chocolate contains methylxanthine (a relative of caffeine) and this can cause vomiting and diarrhea, heart arrhythmias, seizures, and even death with dogs who have eaten it. In general, the darker and more bitter the chocolate,the higher the methylxanthine content and the more dangerous it is for the dog. Because the toxicity level depends on the type of chocolate and the size of your dog, a chocolate calculator is useful to calculate risk. If your dog gets into the Easter chocolate please call us!
Calculator provided by www.AskAVetQuestion.com.
Enjoy a Happy and SAFE Easter with your pets!
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