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Easter Hazards

During the Easter holiday, there are several hazards to animals that are easily preventable, if you identify the threats and follow some easy safety tips.

Bunnies and Chicks

Easter Bunny and treats

Easter might be a time for bunnies and chicks, but they require a lot of attention and care. After the novelty of a pet rabbit or baby chick has worn off, and the daily responsibility of feeding, cleaning and exercising becomes a burden, we often see animals being dumped either in a park or 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 one and remember that it is a lifetime commitment.

Easter Baskets

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

Easter Lilies

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 Easter daisies.

Candy—Especially Chocolate

Easter time brings a lot of candy to the household, especially chocolate. And just like most people, pets love chocolate. The big difference is that chocolate can make animals very sick and possibly kill them. So keep all candy, especially chocolate away from your pets at all times.

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