Easter, like most holidays, is a busy time at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. Chocolate is a common theme, as it is during other festive times of the year, but Easter and springtime have a few special toxicities all their own.
Here are four tips to help keep pets safer during Easter festivities.
Stash Chocolate Away
The APCC averaged 37 calls a day about pets eating chocolate last year—that’s a lot of foil-wrapped eggs!
Fortunately, like Halloween candy, Easter chocolates tend to have non-chocolate fillings versus solid chocolate. Nevertheless, animals who’ve ingested Easter chocolate should be monitored for pancreatitis.
Also, don’t forget to check if the chocolate contains raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, and/or xylitol.
Don’t Litter With Easter Grass
Plastic Easter grass is a common call for APCC. Although the decorative grass that lines baskets is generally not a concern for toxicity, it can cause a linear foreign body obstruction.
Warning your clients to choose wisely ahead of time may create some goodwill and prevent grief later on.
Forego Spring Flowers
Easter is the spring kick-off for APCC, and calls start rolling in about outdoor toxins. Of course, there are many troublesome plants out there, but bulbs and lilies tend to predominate on this holiday, and unfortunately may cat owners still are not aware of the danger lilies pose.
Take Special Care With Fertilizers & Herbicides
Warmer weather brings out gardeners, and Easter weekend for many parts of the country is warm enough that people head outside to get that first application of fertilizer on the grass. In southern parts of the country they may be heading outside with weed killers.