Easter is a fun and exciting holiday for children, but can be dangerous for pets. The Easter basket, filled with candy and other goodies, is a ubiquitous symbol of Easter.
Although Easter is the most significant Christian holiday, children of various religions rejoice in the fun a candy-filled Easter basket. Easter comes after Lent, which is marked by sacrifice and denial. Easter celebrates the triumph of Jesus over death, as His life was sacrificed for the sins of the world, according to Christian theology. Easter focuses on rebirth, new life, and renewal.
Nothing says Easter to children like colorful Easter eggs a basket filled with chocolate and jelly beans. However, Easter basket treats can be extremely hazardous to pets. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be fatal to cats, dogs, and ferrets.
The artificial sweetener Xylitol, which is used in many candies and gums, is also toxic. If eaten, the plastic grass that adorns Easter baskets can become twisted in your pets intestines, requiring surgery to remove. Foil candy wrappers are so tempting to cats and dogs, but may cause intestinal blockages. It’s best keep the Easter basket out of the reach of dogs and secure from inquisitive cats and other small animals.
The same is true for Easter flowers; keep them out of reach. Easter lilies are highly toxic and can be fatal if eaten. For instance, all parts of the Easter lily, day lily, and the tiger lily are toxic to cats. Even a small part of the plant can lead to kidney failure.
Easter is the true harbinger of spring, so this is a good time to mention a few other spring plants that can cause stomach pain, vomiting, and breathing difficulties: hydrangeas, daffodils, ivy, and wisteria.
Animals are central to Easter and spring. From the Easter Bunny to the spring chick with its yellow down, animals are central to Easter. Be sure to keep the animals in your care safe during this joyous season.
When in doubt, contact Poison Control for Animals.