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Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital (VESH) - Wichita

Easter Pet Hazards

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Easter is a busy time of year and it's a time for family and friends to gather together to celebrate the holiday. Chocolate is a common treat around this season, as it is during other festive times of the year. It is stressed to pet owners to keep chocolate away from your furry friends, as it can cause sickness or even death. But chocolate is not the only toxin you should be worried about around Easter and springtime.

Here are 4 toxins you should be aware of around Easter:

CHOCOLATE - As commonly found, many of the most popular Easter chocolates tend to have non-chocolate fillings versus solid chocolate. Nevertheless, animals who’ve ingested Easter chocolate should be monitored for pancreatitis. Also, don’t forget to check if the chocolate contains raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, and/or xylitol.

EASTER GRASS - The decorative plastic Easter grass that lines baskets is generally not a concern for toxicity, but it can cause a linear foreign body obstruction.

PLANTS - There are many troublesome plants out there, but bulbs and lilies tend to be the most predominate around Easter time. Unfortunately may cat owners still are not aware of the danger lilies pose.

FERTILIZERS & HERBICIDES - The warmer springtime weather brings many gardening hazards and Easter weekend is sometimes warm enough that people will start to head outside. Be aware that your neighbors may be applying their first application of fertilizer on the grass or starting to use weed killers on their lawns and landscaping.

If you think your pet has consumed any of the above toxins, please call us at 316-262-5321.