Easter is well-known for flowers, candy, and plastic grass that fills baskets for children. It’s time to spend with family, reflecting on one’s beliefs, and enjoying the longer days that are coming. But, if you have pets in your home, it’s also a time to be careful.

Things to Keep Out of the Reach of Pets:


Chocolate, of any grade:

Chocolate is yummy to humans, but it’s also something that most dogs and cats may not be able to resist. Milk, dark, or baker’s chocolate – it doesn’t matter. These can all cause serious issues for both dogs and cats, if they get into it while you’re not looking. Cats aren’t as curious, but they can still get very sick if they get into the chocolate stash that is so common in Easter baskets.

Symptoms of chocolate toxicity for dogs include vomiting, diarrhea, higher body temperatures, trouble breathing, and seizures. A dog may even experience cardiac issues and even fall into a coma if they eat too much.

According to PetMD, mild toxicity can occur for a dog who eats just .7 ounces of chocolate per pound of their body weight; semisweet chocolate can bring on mild toxicity at .3 ounces per pound, and baking chocolate can be toxic at .1 ounce per pound.

Symptoms of chocolate toxicity in cats include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, excessive panting, seizures, increased blood pressure, coma, even death.

For cats, Petful notes that a 10-pound cat can show signs of chocolate toxicity if they ingest 1.5 Tbsp. of dry cocoa powder, a single square of baking chocolate, or 23 Hershey’s Kisses.

Flowers, of many varieties:

Flowers are pretty, but they can be dangerous for both cats and dogs. That’s why it’s very important to keep any of the following flowers out of the reach of your curious pets.

Daffodils are poisonous for both dogs and cats, according to the Pet Poison Helpline. They’re generally mildly toxic to moderately toxic, depending on the size of your pet and how much they ingest. The flowers have lycorine in them, which can trigger vomiting; crystals in the outer layer of the bulbs can cause drooling and severe tissue issues; more severe symptoms can occur if your pet eats the bulbs themselves.
Signs of toxicity include: drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac issues, and abnormal breathing, among others.

For cats, Easter Lilies are poisonous. They aren’t the only flower in the lily family that are bad for cats, so you’ll also want to look out for Asiatic lilies, stargazer lilies, and daylilies. The Pet Poison Helpline notes that even if your cat ignores the petals and instead sips from the vase, it can still lead to acute kidney failure.
Signs of lily toxicity in cats include a lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in urination, and dehydration, among others.

Tulips are toxic to both dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA. The chemical in this plant that makes the m toxic is very strong, and it doesn’t take much to cause a problem. Tulips are generally mildly to moderately toxic, but that depends on how much an animal ingests, and of course, how much they weigh.
Signs of tulip toxicity include drooling, increased heart and respiration rates, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cats and dogs may also find breathing difficult.

Easter grass: Cats love to play with shiny things, and if it’s shredded like the plastic grass that is so common this time of year, that’s an even bigger temptation. Dogs will even sniff around in it and may try to ingest it, thinking that it’s edible. But, for either animal, this grass can cause problems, especially if it gets stuck in the intestines.

Tiny toys: Plastic toys are a common addition to Easter baskets and decorations, but they can be equally problematic for cats and dogs who like to chew on things. These items can cause a pet to choke, or it can cause problems for an animal’s intestines. If you don’t want to risk your pet needing surgery, keep tiny toys away from your dogs and cats.

Eggs: No discussion of Easter dangers for pets would be complete without the mention of eggs themselves. The thing is, when eggs are fresh, they’re not bad for pets. The problem is when an Easter egg has been forgotten or not found for some time. Rotten eggs can cause stomach issues that make your pet very uncomfortable, even sick.

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