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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 eggs.

 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.

 3.      Chocolate

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 house.

 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 cats.

5.      Candy

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 your pets.

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 happy! 

Have a safe and happy holiday,

Dr. Wise



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