Easter is a time of feasting, family and fun. However it also presents a number of dangers that
Pet Parents should be aware of. Read on to learn about common Easter dangers and how to avoid them.
Chocolate (1 of 6)
Around Easter time, cases of chocolate (Theobromine) poisoning are increased due to Easter Egg hunts.
Cocoa contains Theobromine, which is metabolised far slower in non-primate animals. Chocolate toxicity
occurs when the body becomes overloaded with Theobromine. Usually the darker and more bitter the
chocolate, the more toxic it is to dogs.
Foil Wrapping (2 of 6)
Easter eggs hunts also pose a threat to pets around this time, due to the foil wrapping that are often
discarded. Foil can cause choking and can also be a dangerous intestinal obstruction, which may require
surgical intervention is performed.
Easter Grass (3 of 6)
This is the shredded paper or cellophane often found at the bottom of Easter baskets. Composed of long
threads, Easter grass can become anchored at the base of the tongue or stomach, preventing it from
passing through the intestines. This can lead to intestinal trauma and may require surgery.
Hot Cross Buns (4 of 6)
These may be a treat for us, but can be deadly for dogs. This is because sultanas, grapes and raisins are
toxic to dogs even in small amounts. Symptoms typically develop a few hours after consumption and can
include vomiting, abdominal pain, kidney failure and death if left untreated.
Lilies (5 of 6)
While these flowers make a beautiful bouquet, they are extremely toxic to cats. All parts of the lily are toxic,
which means cats who simply groom pollen off their fur can be poisoned. Ingestion can lead to severe
kidney damage, resulting in kidney failure within 1-3 days and death within 3-7 days.
Sugar Free Candy (6 of 6)
Sometimes being good to yourself can be worse for your pet. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic
to dogs. It’s toxic because it is absorbed rapidly in the bloodstream of non-primate animals, resulting in
a fast insulin release from the pancreas. This results in hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) within 10-60
minutes of consumption and can progress to seizures, liver failure and death.