Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, a chain of employee-owned veterinary hospitals, has this advice for keeping your pets safe from the dangerous things they can get into around Easter:
- Never give your pets chocolate. Chocolate can be life-threatening to cats and dogs.
- Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats.
- Easter basket grass can be fatal if swallowed. Cats and dogs may eat the grass and it can become lodged in the intestines.
- Keep your pets on their normal diets. Many spices and foods that are safe for humans are not safe for animals. Onions, garlic, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, the sugar substitute xylitol and raw or undercooked food can be poisonous to pets.
- Make sure as guests and deliveries come and go, pets remain safely inside. Doors left open can result in your pet being hit by a car.
- If traveling with pets, make sure they are comfortable. Try to get them acclimated when they are young by taking them on trips. If needed, your veterinarian can assist with medicine to calm your pet.
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