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Keep Your Easter Celebration Safe for Your Pets

spcaLA Offers Easter Safety Tips

» March 31, 2010

Los Angeles CA—Easter Sunday is this weekend and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) would like everyone to be aware of the potential dangers to pets. There are several hazards to animals that are easily preventable, if you identify the threats and follow some easy safety tips.

Easter might be a time for bunnies and chicks, but they require a lot of care and attention. After the novelty of a pet rabbit or baby chick has worn off, and the daily responsibility of feeding, cleaning, exercising and giving attention to the animal has set in, all too often the animal is dumped either in a park or in a shelter.

Play it safe and buy your child an ultra soft stuffed rabbit or chick instead. That way there are no consequences if they become bored with the daily chores. For those adamant about getting a live animal, always adopt one versus buying and remember that it is a lifetime commitment.

Easter lilies are bright and decorative but are poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause kidney failure. “Keep all Easter lilies in a spot where your pet cannot access them. Another option would be to purchase more pet-friendly plants such as Easter orchids or daisies,” suggests spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein.

Easter time brings lots of candy into the household, especially chocolate. And just like most people, pets love chocolate. The big difference is chocolate can make animals very sick, so keep all candy, especially chocolate away from your pets.

Baskets filled with goodies are a big hit on Easter. While Easter grass may make the basket look inviting, it can be very dangerous to animals. If ingested, the grass can cause a serious intestinal blockage that may require surgery. Instead of the plastic grass use a safer alternative such as straw, tissue paper, or newspaper shredding to fill the basket.

Following these simple tips can make Easter a safer holiday for your pets and a less stressful one for your whole family.