Happy Easter!

 

Happy Easter!

 

All of us here at Valley Veterinary clinic want to wish you all a very happy and safe Easter! We also just want to remind everybody to be egg-stra careful…get it? Hahaha ha ha ha…No? Okay… ANYWAYS!

We want to remind everyone to keep your pets safe during this fun holiday. As with most other holidays, there are a few hazards that pop up around Easter time that are dangerous for your dogs and cats.

 

First and main thing is chocolate and candy. You may already know that chocolate is highly toxic in dogs. Chocolate contains caffeine and a chemical compound called theobromine, and both of these contribute to the high toxicity in dogs. Cats are less likely to get into the chocolate because they actually can’t taste sweet things, but they can still be affected the same way dogs are by chocolate. So please keep your goodies away from your pets, and if you notice them eating any, or if you notice any vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and/or lethargy, please call your veterinarian immediately.

 

Easter is also the season for Lillies. These flowers are very toxic to cats, if they ingest any part of this plant, it can lead to acute kidney failure and can lead to death if not treated quickly. So keep those flowers away!

 

Last but not least, Easter is usually a time for big feasty dinners (like Thanksgiving), and it’s very common for your pets to want to sneak a bite off of a neglected plate, or even snoop in the trash for some scraps. Fatty foods, like ham or lamb can lead to an upset stomach. The leftover bones from meat are also not good to give to your pets, they can cause life threatening issues if ingested. Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks are also toxic to pets. So keep an eye on your fur babies this holiday and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Easter!

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