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.