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Keep poisonous plants out of your home and chocolate out of reach.


No one wants to rush his or her pet to the emergency animal hospital.
Not ever, not on a holiday, and not on Easter, which of course is coming up.
Easter, too, is a holiday surrounded by lilies, big dark chocolate bunnies,
fake grass and plastic.

All these holiday items seem to fascinate dogs and cats, according to veterinarians
at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, which has locations around the country.
Sometimes pets swallow the things they shouldn’t, and they get sick
(and sadly, would probably do it again). That’s when a trip to the hospital
may be in the future.

Dr. Mary Ellen Finley said some of these fun and innocent-seeming items
can actually kill pets. For example, lilies, including Easter lilies.

“If you have cats, don’t have lilies,” said Finley, a senior clinician in emergency medicine
for BluePearl, in a statement. “They cause acute renal failure and it can just be a small amount.” The problem is, cats are curious and they naturally like to chew on plants –
so a new flower is likely to tempt them, Finley added.

Here are some other things you should know if you have pets and celebrate Easter, a
s shared by BluePearl veterinarians:

  • Chocolate is harmful to dogs. It can induce vomiting, diarrhea and in extreme cases
    an increased heart rate and seizures. And by the way, dogs are even worse
    than humans at peeling away the armor of foil that encases chocolate Easter eggs
    and bunnies. A dog’s solution is to wolf down everything, but all that foil
    could cause a blockage in a dog’s stomach or intestines.
  • Don’t assume that sugar-free sweets are safe for pets,
    especially if they include xylitol. This sweetener shows up in everything
    from sugar-free chewing gum to some kinds of reduced-fat peanut butters,
    and it’s 100 times more toxic to dogs than chocolate.
  • “Pay attention to the plastic grass,” says Finley. This frilly, stringy stuff
    is just the kind of thing cats like to play with, but it’s not meant to be swallowed.
    Finley remembers treating one cat who had the stuff
    wrapped around her tongue and extending down into the intestines.
  • At any big family gathering, someone tends to leave a purse on the floor.
    Pets treat them like goodie bags, and sometimes gobble down harmful medicines, chewing gum with harmful xylitol, and even e-cigarettes.
  • Also, if family and friends stop over, it’s easy for pets to slip outside.
    Keep track of them, so they don’t get out and get lost.

If your pet gets sick from one of these mishaps,
quickly call your regular family veterinarian for advice.