There's a lot of love around Easter - spending time with family, egg hunts, candy, delicious feasts, but this exciting holiday can be hazardous to pets.
Chocolate contains theobromine as well as caffeine, both making chocolate highly toxic to both cats and dogs. Signs to look out for are hyperactivity, diarrhoea, vomiting, high heart rate, or even seizures.
Easter Basket Fillers
Plastic wrapping, eggs, foil are very popular for filling easter baskets but can be very attractive to pets who can chew and swallow them. The result can be obstruction of the digestive system leading to gastroenteritis, pancreatitis and worse case surgery to save the animal's life. Signs to look out for are vomiting, weakness, diarrhoea, weight loss, loss of appetite, pain or bloating.
Candy and Food containing Xylitol
Xylitol is a sweetner often found in sugar-free foods, toothpaste, vitamins - it rapidly increases insulin into a dogs bloodstream, causing an extreme drop if blood sugar which can lead to liver failure and death. Interestingly, dogs are actually the only species reportedly affected by xylitol toxicity. Signs to look out for are lethargy, vomiting, weakness and seizures.
Ham, Lamb, or other Fatty Foods
High in fat foods can lead to stomach upsets and pancreatitis which can be life threatening. Even after recovering from pancreatitis it can cause lifelong problems. Signs to look out for are vomiting, diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weakness, fever and lethargy.
Onions, Garlic, Chives, and Leaks
These are all members of the allium family which is toxic to cats and dogs causing gastroenteritis and hemolytic anemia. Signs to look out for are nausea, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, pale gums, increased heart & breathing rate.
These are beautiful flowers but deadly toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and even death if not treated properly. All parts of the plant can be deadly, even the water the lilies are stored in. Prompt treatment is needed to save the cat. Signs to look out for are lethargy, vomiting, diarrhoea, extreme thirst, seizures, oral pain and death.