Pet Safety Tips

Easter, Chocolate, Flowers and Pets Don't Always Agree

March 29, 2018
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Some great advice from the Cleveland APL:

No matter your religion, it’s hard to pass up an adorable bunny-shaped treat this time of year. Not to mention, with springtime right around the corner, many of us take advantage of the nice weather to get some yard work done. But despite the many plans you may have in place for the weekend, please make sure that you’ve got plans to keep your furry friends safe as well!

Here are some tips that will help you keep your pets safe this holiday weekend:

Keep chocolates out of reach. This time of year, we’ve all made the trip to get chocolate eggs and bunnies. Just be sure to keep those treats away from the four-legged members of your family as they can seriously harm your pets. Don’t forget to check if your chocolate contains raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol or xylitol – all things that should be kept away from your pets.

Clean up plastic Easter grass. They’re a common staple in Easter baskets and although they may not be toxic for your pets, plastic grass could still get lodged in your pet’s throat or digestive track, causing them to choke or vomit.

Be aware of what type of plants you have. Beware of bulbs that can cause gastrointestinal upset. Cat owners should avoid lilies, which could cause severe toxicosis and acute kidney injury.

Keep an eye on pets while fertilizing your plants. Many fertilizers contain things that pets, especially dogs, find delicious, like corn cobs, bone meal or fish meal. But they may also contain herbicides or insecticides. This can cause muscle stiffness or soreness after eating, or in the worst cases could cause tremors and seizures. Make sure to keep your pets inside when treatments are being done and that it is completely dry before they go out again.

When you're ready to adopt, please be sure to check www.ClevelandAPL.org for adopatble pets.