Peeps, Easter eggs, and chocolate bunnies: these are just a few of the best Easter treats for kids. Unfortunately, when you’re a pet, these seemingly harmless treats can lead to an emergency trip to the veterinary ER. If you’re prepping Easter baskets, planning to grill out, or gardening, you’re not alone. These are great ways to stay busy during the Stay at Home MN order.
As Lake Elmo and surrounding community continue to wait out the worst of COVID19, we hope you’ll celebrate spring and Easter safely with your family while keeping your pets in-mind. So, don’t worry! Be hoppy and leap into Spring and Easter worry-free with these safety tips for pet parents.
Skip the Plastic Easter Grass
That shiny plastic grass in Easter baskets may seem harmless, but it can become a serious safety concern when it comes to pets. Dogs, cats, and other pets often feel tempted to play with and eat this fun Easter novelty. Unfortunately, many pets wide up swallowing the grass in the process. This can result in plastic tangled in your pet’s intestinal tract or knotted around the tongue. Both of these scenarios can result in an emergency visit to the ER and surgery.
A safer choice: The good news is, you don’t need to go to the store to buy Easter grass this year. Try using DIY paper strands made from construction paper. You can either cut it into strips or pass it through the paper shredder. Other DIY options include tissue paper or newspaper.
Keep the Chocolates and Easter Candies Stored Out of Paw’s Reach
Some of the best sweets found in Easter baskets and Easter eggs can cause curious pets serious trouble. Around Easter and during spring, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and Pet Poison Helpline receive a surge of calls regarding pets consuming chocolate, candy containing xylitol, nuts, and raisins. The best way to avoid your pet getting accidentally poisoned is to keep Easter treats out of reach of your pets. Be sure to also read the labels of sugar-free candies, too. These often contain “sugar alcohol” which is another name for xylitol, a fatal substance for dogs.
A safer choice: Bake or make your pets their own Easter treats. You can find some excellent recipes for cats and dogs that are safe and tasty. They’ll feel like they’re part of the celebration and enjoy healthy and safe snacks.
Don’t Let Pets Play Near the Grill
As the weather warms, it’s a great time to spend time outdoors grilling burgers, hotdogs, and veggies. The mouthwatering smell of grilled food doesn’t just attract “oohs” and “ahhs” from your kids. Pets are often attracted to the appetizing smell of grilled foods. To keep your pets safe, don’t let them play or relax nearby your grill. Pets can try to steal scalding food or bump into and knock over the grill, causing serious burns.
Lilies Aren’t Safe for Felines
Lilies and Easter are a classic combination. Unfortunately, these gorgeous blooms that emerge around Easter are poisonous for cats. All it takes is your cat munching on one or two leaves from an Easter lily to need to be rushed in for urgent help. Lilies can be fatal for felines. It’s best to not bring lilies into your home if you have a cat.
A safer choice: Read over the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets and choose plants and flowers that are safe for your four-legged family.
Clean Up Garden Tools and Store Chemicals
If you’re using your time at home to spruce up the garden, keep your pets safe by cleaning up all sharp garden tools and storing away pesticides and herbicides immediately after use. If you grow vegetables, use pet safe fencing to keep your dog or cat from eating your crops.
A safer choice: Avoid using commercial pesticides, herbicides or cocoa mulch near your pets. It’s important to remember that dogs and cats can both be poisoned by eating rodents that consume pesticides. The best choice is to skip the chemicals or find non-toxic and natural options.
We Hope Your Easter and Spring Will Be Hopping with Happiness!
We hope every-bunny has an egg-citing Easter and spring, despite the cloud of the novel coronavirus. Remember to keep yourselves safe and healthy along with your pets. If your pet needs care, we are here for you with precautions in place to keep you, our staff, and your pet safe.