Happy Easter!

Easter is a joyous time, but the celebration often arrives with treats that can lead to not-so-joyous pets. As you get ready to celebrate Easter with family and friends, keep the following precautions in mind to ensure that your furry family members stay safe and happy.

Chocolate and candies: Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs, and even the smallest amount of dark chocolate can be dangerous. Early symptoms of chocolate toxicity are vomiting, diarrhea and trembling.

Easter Lilies: These beautiful flowers are so tied to the season that they even bear its name. Easter lilies are deadly for cats, so make sure you keep them completely out of cat’s reach. Other potentially dangerous flowers may include tulips, daisies and chrysanthemums (mums).

Sugar Substitutes: Xylitol, a popular sugar substitute used in sugar-free candy and in anything from sugarless gum to toothpaste, is highly toxic to pets. It causes a rapid drop in blood sugar and can lead to seizures and liver failure.

 

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