Everyone loves a celebration, and Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are the most popular family gatherings of the year. Guests may visit, there will be noise and chaos, routines will be upset and pets will most likely be overwhelmed by the goings-on in their home.
During Easter, along with the confusion comes the introduction of plants, different food, decorations and more that are associated with this holiday. Some of the items are harmless, others may be harmful or even fatal to pets. Treats such as chocolate or candy can be toxic or may prove to be choking hazards. Plants such as lilies can be poisonous for curious pets. Candles and Easter grass can be fatal, as can alcohol and certain foods. Even the excitement of guests can lead to accidents, cats slipping out the door or your beloved furry friend having a panic attack.
Enjoy your celebrations but remember that this is your pet's home, too. Any sudden change in their comfortable routine can lead to unwanted behavior and pets will explore new items such as plants, Easter baskets and food dishes left lying around the counter or table. The last thing you want is a sudden trip to the pet hospital for poisoning or choking.
Leave your pet in another quiet room when the family gathers for dinner. Be sure that dangerous or toxic items are placed out of a pet's reach, or that they are not allowed in the home. If you use candles, watch your cat - you know how quickly and unexpectedly they can jump onto surfaces. Keep toxic food in closed or secure places. Put toxic plants outside on the patio or deck to save your pet's life.
Easter Lily - beautiful but toxic
Easter lilies and other plants can prove toxic to pets. As beautiful as they are, you may want to forego lilies if you have young children or pets in the house
Easter chocolate and wrappers can be dangerous
Chocolates and foil wrappers can be a dangerous mix when paired with pets and babies in the home. The chocolate is quite toxic to most pets and, curious as they are, foil wrappers can prove to be a choking hazard. Candy is not healthy for pets, so don't share the jelly beans or peeps with your furry friend.
Easter grass, ribbons and string are unhealthy for cats
Decorations such as Easter grass, string and ribbons add so much to celebrations, but if you have pets (especially cats) in the home, these can be a danger. It may be best to leave out the plastic and string and use more natural products instead.
Flames and pets simply don't mix
Flames and pets can be fatal. Many pets have been seriously burned when they are startled and jump up on a table or counter, only to be burned by a candle flame. Cats are especially prone, since they tend to leap onto surfaces with little or no notice.
Alcohol is potentially toxic to any pet
Alcohol is dangerous to pets. Giving pet a sip when company around is not a good idea, because you have no idea how your pet will react. Keep the booze away from pets. It's not worth the risk or vet bills.