March 21, 2014
Dear Dr. Wise:
With the Easter holiday approaching, what are some of the
hidden dangers my pets might encounter in my children’s Easter baskets?
While the Easter holiday brings along baskets filled with
lots of goodies for your children, there are many things inside that could be
hazardous to your pets. Below is a list
of the 7 most common dangers associated with the Easter holiday.
1. Eggs - Dyed and Plastic
Shiny plastic eggs may look like a toy to your dog, but
if they chew and swallow the plastic, it can cause intestinal problems that may
result in surgery. Hard boiled eggs are
not dangerous, but eggs spoil quickly, so keep track of all of your hidden
2. Easter Grass
Cats are especially attracted to these shiny shreds. Which again, if ingested might be lethal
because cats are unable to digest it, leading to the possibility of the threads
getting stuck in the intestines. A
suggestion might be to use shredded paper instead to fill your Easter baskets.
Most of us already know how dangerous chocolate is for
our pets, but it is important to let our children know as well. So maybe keep your pets away during the
festivities, in a safe environment, like a crate or in a separate part of the
4. Easter Lilies
Though these flowers are beautiful, they should be
avoided if you share your home with pets.
Easter Lilies are one of the most poisonous plants for pets, especially
Chocolate isn’t the only danger to pets, too much sugar
can also cause digestive upset.
6. Easter Toys
Those cute little plastic bunnies and chicks may be great
basket fillers, but can cause choking hazards to cats and dogs.
7. Baby Animals
Live baby chicks and bunnies may be cute when they are small,
but remember that these cute babies grow up into large adult animals requiring
full time care. These animals may also
carry salmonella, which is a bacteria that can be harmful to your children and
So now that you are aware of some of the dangers
associated with the Easter holiday, remember to keep pets away from the Easter
egg hunts and the Easter baskets. Give
them a dog biscuit instead or maybe a chew toy and they will be safe and
Have a safe and happy holiday,