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Easter Hazards To Pets

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Going Over Some Of The Most Common Hazards To Your Pets During The Easter Holiday And Easter Dinner

Easter is nearly here! With the Easter bunny comes chocolate, candy, flowers, holiday dinners, and more. However, most of the things that Easter brings are not safe for your pets. This article will discuss some of the most common pet hazards that come with the Easter holiday. Additionally, this article will go over the best ways to keep your pets safe from these hazards so you can enjoy your Easter holiday. 

The Dangers Pets Face During Easter

This year (2024), Easter Sunday falls on March 31st. If you have pets, then you should be extra careful with them this time of year. This is because Easter, like most holidays, brings many things that are dangerous to pets if consumed. Below are just a few examples of common Easter-related products that you should keep away from your pets. 

Edible Hazards

Edible hazards include anything that people can eat, but pets shouldn’t. These types of edibles are much more common around holidays. In many cases, these edibles both smell and taste delicious. This makes them especially dangerous as both dogs & cats have excellent sense of smell. 

Easter chocolate & candy

Easter chocolate & candy

Chocolate & Candy

Examples of Easter edible hazards include chocolate, candy, and Easter dinner foods. Chocolate is commonly found in most Easter baskets. However, chocolate is also very poisonous to dogs. The same goes for Easter candy. Most candy contains high amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives that pets can’t properly digest. 

Table Scraps

Another edible hazard to pets during Easter is table scraps. Most people that celebrate Easter have an Easter dinner. It’s not uncommon for people to give their dog table scraps during holiday dinners. We highly recommend not giving your pets table scraps. This is because most people foods contain spices and herbs that pets can’t properly digest.  

Non-Edible Hazards

Aside from edible hazards, there are plenty of non-edible hazards that threaten pets during Easter. By non-edible, we mean things that are not created to be eaten. Here are a few examples.

Decorations

Surprisingly enough, the most dangerous non-edible Easter product is the plastic Easter grass. This can often be found in Easter baskets. It’s used as filler or decoration for the candy and eggs to sit upon. To pets, this looks like real grass they can eat. But, the plastic is non-digestible and can cause serious gastrointestinal blockage if consumed. 

Lily flowers

Lily flowers

Plants

A common Easter tradition is giving people flowers. More specifically, Lilies. Unfortunately, Lilies are very toxic to cats. Ingesting Lilies can lead to kidney failure and even death in your cat. It’s recommended to keep Lilies out of your home if you own a cat. 

Keeping Your Pets Safe

The best way to keep your pets safe during the Easter holiday is to take preventative measures. Keep all of the aforementioned holiday hazards away from your pets and out of their reach. 

For edible hazards, keep all of your Easter baskets and candy on a high shelf or in a room your pets don’t have access to. Additionally, advise all of your house guests not to give your pets any table scraps from Easter dinner. No matter how cute your pet looks!

For non-edible hazards, do your best to keep them in places where your pets can’t easily reach them. Keep your Easter decorations outside or on high shelves. Additionally, the same goes for Easter plants. However, you can also invest in fake plants instead of buying real ones. This saves you money every year and ensures that your pets won’t become poisoned from accidental ingestion. 

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