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Will Easter Harm Your Pet? Easter Dangers for Pets.

Chocolate
This tasty treat contains a toxic chemical that causes hyperactivity, diarrhea, vomiting, elevated or abnormal heart rates, and even seizures.

Easter Basket Fillers
Obstruction can happen when pets get into plastic grass, eggs, foil wrappings and Easter toys. Often, these items have to be surgically removed.

Raw Eggs
Raw eggs may contain harmful salmonella bacteria. Cases of salmonella from eggs might be rare, although gastrointestinal distress is often observed after ingestion.

Candies and Xylitol
Xylitol is a sweetener often found in sugar-free candy, baked goods, gum, toothpaste and vitamins. Xylitol rapidly releases insulin into a dog’s bloodstream, causing an extreme drop in blood sugars. Lethargy, vomiting, weakness, and seizures are some of the most common signs of xylitol ingestion.

Fatty Leftovers
Fatty foods can lead to an upset stomach, and in some cases, it can cause pancreatitis. Some symptoms of pancreatitis are vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dehydration, weakness, lethargy, and fever.

Alcoholic Beverages
All alcoholic beverages should be kept out of reach of all pets. Alcohol can be harmful and even toxic to pets and may cause lethargy, drooling, vomiting, gagging, disorientation and/or difficulty walking.

Lilies
Lilies are highly toxic to cats and can cause kidney failure or even death if ingested. Lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, extreme thirst, seizures, and oral pain are just some of the signs of lily ingestion.

Keep track of all Easter eggs. Pets love to find anything and everything, including the eggs and surprises that the Easter Bunny might have left behind.

Written by: Monica Blanchard, RVT

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