Tips for Your Pet's
Some harmful plants and foods
Keep your pet SAFE on Easter
- Lilies can be deadly to cats, and many types, including the Easter (trumpet) lily can cause kidney failure with just a single nibble from a leaf. (Click here for more information on plants)
- Chocolate (especially baking chocolate) can kill your pet!
- Rich, fatty foods, such as turkey skins or gravy can cause pancreatitis, a serious inflammation of a digestive gland that is painful and deadly.
- Any kind of bone can tear or obstruct your pet's intestinal tract. Poultry bones can be especially dangerous or even fatal.
- Strings to tie turkey or beef during roasting can tie up your pet's insides.
- Also, watch out for the little red "pop-up" thermometers used to roast meats. Dogs and cats often eat these tasty things, causing intestinal blockage.
- Onions and garlic are toxic and can destroy a pet's red blood cells, leading to anemia. Foods containing high amounts of onion powder should also be avoided.
- Grapes and raisins contain toxins that can cause kidney failure in your pet.
- Coffee is dangerous to animals.
- Nicotine is a stimulant that increases your pet's heart rate leading to collapse, and in the worst case, even death.
- Alcoholic beverages damage your pet's liver almost immediately, even in small amounts.
- In addition, keep all leftover food out of reach in a closed container. Any garbage can contain toxins such as e-coli that can affect your pet's organs. This includes leftover tinfoil that, when chewed, can obstruct your pet's intestinal tract.