• Aimee Thomas

Easter Danger for Pets

First, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Easter weekend. Easter means so many different things to different people. Whatever your religious beliefs are, most can agree, that it is a time for family, friends and creating special memories.

Don't let one of your Easter memories be the sickness or loss of a pet that could've been avoided. Beware of these dangers for your pet that are particularly prevalent during this holiday. Below is a list of the top 5 Easter Toxins according to the ASPCA.


Easter is typically the APCC's top day for chocolate intoxication calls, topping Christmas, Valentine's Day and even Halloween! Why? Pets find Easter candy hidden around the house or the yard, or get into unattended Easter baskets. Make sure that all candy is out of reach of pets at all times when it will be unsupervised.


True lilies (with the Latin name starting with Lilium) or daylilies (Hemerocallis) are a concern for acute kidney failure in cats. All homes with cats should be very careful with Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum). We would discourage them from even entering houses with cats, but if they must be there, make sure cats can't access any part of the plant, including falling leaves, the pollen or the water flowers were stored in; all can all cause life-threatening signs in cats.


The plastic grass that is found in Easter baskets is appealing to pets but can cause a life-threatening gastrointestinal obstruction that may require surgery to resolve.


Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, and raisins are common toxic foods that pets ingest. However, many foods that aren't toxic may cause stomach upset that could lead to pancreatitis.


Many people begin spring yard work on Easter weekend. Make sure herbicides are kept where pets can't chew or puncture the bottle and that application is dry before letting the pets outside. Pets are often exposed when they are outside while their owners are spraying these products. While many herbicides are not highly toxic, any exposure does warrant a call to the vet.

Poison Prevention Video

This video, featuring the APCC's own toxicologist Dr. Tina Wismer, shows how pet owners can put together a safety prevention pack at home. Share it on your Facebook page and let your clients know about it!


Now that you’ve got these dangers in mind, you are all set to have a wonderful Easter weekend for you, your family, your friends and your pets.



P.S. Say NO to Easter bunnies, ducklings & chicks!

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