Have a safe and happy Easter!
All of us at the Brant County SPCA would like to wish you a very safe and happy Easter with your family and four-legged friends.
Here’s a list of the top 5 Easter toxins, according to the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Centre:
Easter is typically the APCC’s top day for chocolate intoxication calls, topping Christmas, Valentine’s Day and even Halloween! Why? Pets find Easter candy hidden around the house or the yard, or get into unattended Easter baskets. Make sure that all candy is out of reach of pets at all times when it will be unsupervised.
True lilies (with the Latin name starting with Lilium) or daylilies (Hemerocallis) are a concern for acute kidney failure in cats. All homes with cats should be very careful with Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum). We would discourage them from even entering houses with cats, but if they must be there, make sure cats can’t access any part of the plant, including falling leaves, the pollen or the water flowers were stored in; all can all cause life-threatening signs in cats.
The plastic grass that is found in Easter baskets is appealing to pets but can cause a life-threatening gastrointestinal obstruction that may require surgery to resolve.
4. Table Food
Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, and raisins are common toxic foods that pets ingest. However, many foods that aren’t toxic may cause stomach upset that could lead to pancreatitis.
Many people begin spring yard work on Easter weekend. Make sure herbicides are kept where pets can’t chew or puncture the bottle and that application is dry before letting the pets outside. Pets are often exposed when they are outside while their owners are spraying these products. While many herbicides are not highly toxic, any exposure does warrant a call to the vet.