Important Easter Safety Information

hermosa beach veterinarianVeterinarians’ Easter Safety Tips for Pets -

Springtime has finally arrived – and Easter is just around the corner. But certain hazards are present this time of year that can be dangerous – and even fatal – to your beloved cat or dog.

As you get ready to celebrate with family & friends, our veterinarians remind you to keep the following precautions in mind, to ensure that your furry family members stay safe and healthy.

  • Avoid Easter Lilies & Other Poisonous Plants & Flowers

Easter Lilies are deadly for cats, so make sure you keep them completely out of your home! Curious cats have been known to explore plants even placed out-of-reach on high shelves, so be wise and do not keep lilies.  Other poisonous spring flowers and plants include tulips, calla lilies, daisies, tulips, daffodils, chrysanthemums, dieffenbachia, crocus and baby’s breath.

Many other household plants are toxic and even fatal to cats & dogs, so do not bring plants or flowers into your home unless you know with 100% certainty that they are safe.

  •  Keep Chocolate Away from Pets

Chocolate is toxic for pets, especially for dogs.  Even the smallest amounts of chocolate can be extremely toxic.  Generally, the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to dogs.  And the smaller the pet – the less chocolate it takes to make them extremely ill.

Our veterinarians have treated many dogs in grave condition because they ingested chocolate that was accidentally left within their reach.

The toxic component in chocolate – call Theobromine – typically causes vomiting, diarrhea & trembling. Chocolate can also cause hyperactivity, seizures and an abnormally elevated heart rate.  If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms – or if you have reason to believe they may have ingested chocolate – call our veterinarians immediately.

 •    Use a Substitute for Easter Grass

Easter grass can be life threatening for cats, dogs, and other pets if ingested.  Cats are particularly likely to be attracted to the stringy texture of Easter grass.

The cellophane or plastic material in Easter grass can wrap itself around your pet’s intestines and cut off circulation, requiring immediate medical intervention.  Typically dangerous and expensive surgery is required if Easter grass or other stringy substances constrict a pet’s intestines.

If the Easter Bunny leaves baskets for the children at your house, ask him (or her!) to look for safer alternatives to Easter grass, such as colorful tissue paper . . . or shredded construction paper.

  • Keep Pets Away from Sugar Substitutes

Xylitol, is a popular sugar substitute commonly used in sugar-free candy, sugarless gum and even toothpaste! And while the minty flavor can be attractive to cats and dogs, Xylitol is highly toxic to pets.

Xylitol causes a rapid drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures and liver failure.  Keeping toothpaste in a high cabinet – and properly disposing of sugar-free gum – is very important if you have pets.

If you think your cat or dog may have ingested any product containing Xylitol– call our veterinarians immediately.

  • No Human Foods or Bones

Easter can also be a time for festive dinners, house guests and family celebrations. Remember that “people food” can be toxic or cause choking hazards for pets. Cherries, raisins, grapes, avocados, and other human foods can be poisonous to dogs and cats (See a list here). And chicken and turkey bones can become lodged in your pets’ throat or intestines- so these should never be given to your  dog or cat!

Keep the family food away from Fido and Fluffy – and let them celebrate with their own doggie or kitty!

Contact our Veterinarians immediately for medical advice if your pet has ingested any of the mentioned plants/flowers, candy or decorations.

 If Your Cat or Dog May Have Been Poisoned:

If you ever believe your pet has ingested or been exposed to a toxic, poisonous or hazardous food, chemical or substance take action immediately. In many cases quick medical intervention can save your pet’s life. Do not delay. 

During Business Hours: Call Our Office (Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm; Saturday 8am-2pm) 310-536-9654

After Hours Until 9 p.m.: Call Our Answering Service & Follow Emergency Prompts 310-536-9654

After 9 pm or No Doctor Call Back in 10 Minutes: Go To Nearest Emergency Hospital (click for list)

You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control Center: 1-800-426-4435 (charges apply)

 

Our veterinarians offer caring, compassionate, affordable veterinary services to cats, dogs and other pets in the entire South Bay area including: Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Gardena, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Torrance and Palos Verdes.

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