Happy Easter!!!!

Well, it’s that time again — Time to remind you of what NOT to let your pets get into! Every year, veterinary hospitals are flooded with calls about pets getting into substances that can be potentially lethal.  The following is just a sampling of what you might have around the house this time of year.

  • Dafodils
  • Tulips (usually, it’s the bulbs from these plants, but I believe any part can be toxic)
  • Easter Lillies
  • Crown of Thorns (plant)
  • Amarillis
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Calla Lily
  • Ivy

Symptoms of toxicity from these are usually limited to oral reactions although some of these can be lethal if ingested.  Best to be safe and avoid contact!!!

Avoid: Chocolate, coffee grounds, tea grounds (it’s the caffeine, not the chocolate, that does it). Symptoms may include:

  • Hyper irritability or excitability
  • Increased heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Increased urination
  • Muscle tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Avoid Artificial Sweetener. Symptoms may include:

  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Ataxia (uncoordinated movements)
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Liver dysfunction and/or failure

Also avoid raisins, grapes and onions. 

Now, if you think your pet may have gotten into one of these substances, don’t panic. Make sure to have the phone number of your veterinary hospital posted by the phone. When you call, make sure to be as clear as possible as to how much the pet ate and when, and what substance.

Remember, symptoms can come within minutes or can be delayed 24 hours. Best thing to do?  Keep these things OUT OF REACH! Another Easter no-no is that plastic grass they use in the baskets. Cats and dogs LOVE to eat that stuff and it can only cause issues.  I’ve seen it cause intestinal blockages which lead to VERY COSTLY VETERINARY BILLS!  Avoid it altogether — use tissue paper instead!  Much easier to clean up!!!

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Here’s hoping your Easter is happy, and your jelly beans are plentiful!

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