Easter is coming up soon! While our seasons aren’t as distinct as those our northern friends have, there are still some concerns to be aware of at this time of year. In this article, a local Scottsdale, AZ vet lists some Easter hazards for pets.

Chocolate

Chocolate is highly toxic to our animal companions. In fact, it can be fatal at just 1 ounce per pound of body weight. Keep that Easter bunny out of paws’ reach!

Candy

Chocolate isn’t the only sweet treat that isn’t good for Fluffy or Fido. Many sweets also contain lots of sugar. Some may also include things like nuts, raisins, or Xylitol, all of which are toxic to pets. Smaller candies can also present choking hazards, as do their wrappers. Don’t give your pet any sweets!

Plastics

The plastic grass you see in many Easter baskets can choke or entangle playful pets, and can cause serious—and potentially fatal—blockages if swallowed. Plastic eggs are also unsafe, as are those colorful wrapping films. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!

Bouquets

Pretty bouquets can make wonderful centerpieces. Just keep in mind that many flowers are toxic to pets. Anything with a bulb, such as tulips and daffodils, is poisonous to Fido and Fluffy. Lilies are also dangerous, and can be deadly to cats. Cactus blooms are another concern. You can learn more about safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA site here.

Lawn/Garden Chemicals

Want to do some gardening before it gets too hot? Many lawn/garden chemicals, such as fertilizer, fungicides, and pesticides, are toxic to our four-legged friends. Keep pets out of areas you’ve recently treated. 

Critters

Did you know that rattlesnake bites usually peak in Easter? Don’t let your pet nose around areas that could be housing snakes. Addressing things like debris piles and holes under sheds will help make your property less inviting. It’s also scorpion mating season. Ask your vet for tips on keeping your furry friend safe. 

Food

Are you having an Easter dinner? Take care not to let your pet have anything unsafe. That list includes things like garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; nuts; mushrooms; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; pitted fruits; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and meat on the bone. Ask your vet for more information.

Hoppy Easter! As your local Scottsdale, AZ pet hospital, we are here to help. Call us anytime!