Easter provides a nice break that we hope all our clients will enjoy with their pets. It’s also a time when there can be a lot of chocolate around the house in the form of Easter Eggs. That’s why we would like to take the opportunity to warn all pet owners, especially those with dogs, of the dangers of chocolate. We try to spread this message as much as possible at this time of year because we still see to many avoidable cases.
Chocolate poisoning is one of the commonest poisonings we see at our Emergency Hospitals as it so easy for a pet to grab an unattended egg. Chocolate contains a powerful stimulant called theobromine that pets cannot cope with so even a small amount causes problems. We often see dogs with tremors and diarrhoea as a result of only eating a small piece. Some of these cases can be fatal.
If you believe your dog ate chocolate, call your veterinarian immediately for advice. If your pet consumed the chocolate less than two hours ago, your veterinarian may induce vomiting. For more severe cases, veterinary intervention may be needed to provide supplemental treatment, such as medications or IV fluids, to resolve the effects of the poisoning. Dogs suffering from seizures may need to be monitored at the clinic overnight.
So this Easter please let everyone in the family know that pets should be kept away from Easter Eggs and Chocolate should never be given as a treat!
Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats. Cats that ingest even a few leaves, or even a small amount of pollen while grooming their fur, can suffer kidney failure. Tiger lilies, Day lilies and Asiatic lilies are dangerous to cats as well. These lilies are commonly found in florist bouquets, therefore please check if you are taking it to a household that has a cat.
Beware of the dangers that lurk in your Easter basket. Easter grass is the fake grass that often accompanies Easter baskets. When your cat or dog ingests Easter grass, it can become anchored around the base of the tongue or stomach, rendering it unable to pass through the intestines. It can lead to expensive abdominal surgery. Remember that your pets will be curious about new items you bring into your home.
Remember that your pets will be curious about new items you bring into your homes like Easter lilies, Easter grass and chocolate. You may even have some friends and family around that may not be familiar with what is harmful to your furry friend. Keep everyone informed about the dangers each item poses for your pet and everyone will be able to have a wonderful holiday!