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Watch Out for These Dangers to Your Pets at Easter

Patch file photo by Gary Jeanfaivre
Patch file photo by Gary Jeanfaivre
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.

Do you have a story of your pet getting into a candy-filled Easter basket? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Kmiller April 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM
Unbelievable as it sounds, I also had a dog shot by a neighbor on Christmas morning. She ran out while we were loading the presents into the car. He shot her leg almost off, and she spent the entire day at the emergency hospital in surgery to put rods and pins. She was a sweet, goofy pup that never hurt anyone. He was liable for the vet bills, but there were no criminal charges filed, apparently your aloud to shoot a gun in a residential area on Long Island, NY.
Kmiller April 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Also, not many people are not aware, but one piece of gum can shut down a dogs organs and cause death within just hours, so sad this happened to my daughters friend shih-tzu. Just from one piece of Orbitz gum, he got into.
christie nicolle April 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM
why do I think a dog has more spiritual faith in Lord Jesus than people anymore? At least a dog has loyalty + devotion + today's secular world does something a dog never does: mocking those that do. HAPPY EASTER!!
Doug April 19, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Something to think about… Dog is the word God spelled backwards.
Emilia April 19, 2014 at 03:26 PM
Yes, Beverly, that's one person who should not own a gun. As if it would have been fine to shoot an innocent creature other than a dog!


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