If you are planning to celebrate Easter, don’t forget some of these important safety tips from ASPCA for your furry friends.
1. Chocolate – This yummy treat for humans can cause gastrointestinal upset, pancreatitis, stimulation to the nervous system (hyperactivity, tremors and seizures) and elevation in heart rate for animals. Not all chocolate is created equal and the darker the chocolate is, the more dangerous it is for pets.
2. Plastic Easter Grass – Pets cannot absorb plastic Easter grass into their bodies, which means that it can become lodged in the gastrointestinal tract causing serious damage. Signs for concern include vomiting, diarrhea, decrease in appetite, lethargy and stomach pain.
3. Plants- Several plants can be dangerous for pets, but especially during Easter time the ASPCA sees an increase in calls regarding Lilies and specific bulbs that bloom in the Spring. Lilies (Lilium sp and Hemerocallis sp) can cause serious concerns for our feline friends. Exposure to any parts of the plant can result in kidney damage and gastrointestinal upset. For a reference of all poisonous plants to avoid, click here.
4. Fertilizers and Herbicides – Is it finally beginning to warm up? Many people begin gardening and yardwork on Easter weekend and include the use of fertilizers. Make sure these items are stored where pets cannot chew or puncture them and keep your pets indoors while applying the products. Always follow the label instructions and wait to let your pet out again until the product has been watered in or the ground is dry.
If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call us at (401) 398-7807 or contact the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435.