Well, let me tell you.
Chocolate in the right amount is extremely toxic to pets. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous. Other candies are full of sugar that can cause serious GI upset (who wants to spend Easter cleaning poop and vomit off the carpet?). Many gums and sugar-free candies contain a sweetener call Xytilol that can be significantly toxic for pets. In addition, there is all that packaging. Ingestion of wrappers and packaging can cause a foreign body obstruction in the GI track which will inevitably send you on a midnight emergency vet trip.
TIP: Hyper-vigilance is the name of the game. Keep all candies out-of-reach, out-of-site and out-of mind.
What a fun game it is for Fido to chew away at those plastic Easter eggs...until someone is rushed to the emergency vet. Swallowed whole he may end up with a foreign body obstruction. Chewed into pieces, Fido is gambling that those sharp plastic shards don't perforate his GI track. Also, it's easy to forget where you hid all those eggs, plastic or real. Real eggs pose a different issue. If forgotten, they spoil, your pet comes along...sniff, sniff...oh,yeah, that smells nasty enough to eat...CHOMP! Now your best friend is at risk for serious GI upset.
TIP: Make a map of where you have hidden any eggs and when the fun and games are over do a militarily precise egg check.
The big Kahuna of pet dangers. Easter grass, tinsel and strings cannot be digested. When ingested, this gnarly stuff wraps around the intestines likely requiring expensive emergency surgery and if untreated can cause death. Easter grass and pets DO NOT MIX.
TIP: Try using shredded paper grass as an alternative.
Easter lilies are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially to cats. Vomiting, lethargy and loss of appetite are symptoms of lily poisoning. Cats who take a bite of the flower can die from kidney failure in less than two days if left untreated.
TIP: Stick with the faux plants or better yet, just plant cat grass. Find it here.
It's a sad fact that each year bunnies, chicks and ducklings are purchased during the Easter holiday. 95% of them don't make it to 1 year old. When thought of as an Easter purchase people can forget that these animals are long-term commitments and require special care.
TIP: Stick with stuffed toy versions and go to a petting zoo to get a quick baby animal fix.
These small toys or parts and stuffing from larger toys can easily be ingested and lead to choking or a GI obstruction.
TIP: Keep non-pet toys and Easter baskets off the ground.
Lots of noise and new people can be super stressful on your pets. Anxiety and fear can cause destructive behavior and/or aggression. Even if your pet is comfortable with the noise and people, just think about that table layed out with all those delicious dishes. Mmmm, Fido may take the opportunity for a snatch and grab! (Queue the GI upset). Not to mention grandma feeding him under the table because she doesn't give a rat's tuches about your pet rules. She's grandma, are you going to tell her differently? Didn't think so:)
TIP: Place Fido and Fifi in their crates or a quiet room while guests are over. It protects them and gives them some place to stay out of they fray.
- Get the kids and the whole family involved in protecting your pets.
- Make sure everyone knows the do's and don'ts.
- Hand out Holiday responsibilities like egg mapping, basket monitoring and educating out-of-town family on the pet house rules.
- Have fun.
- Be safe.
- And have a healthy and happy Easter!