1. Easter lilies: These springtime flowers may be beautiful, but they’re also highly toxic to cats. All parts of the plant (including the petals, leaves, stem, and pollen) pose a danger to felines and can cause kidney failure. Symptoms of poisoning are typically apparent within 12 hours and include lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite, disorientation, and seizures. If you suspect ingestion, immediately contact a veterinarian. Although not toxic to canines, ingestion of lilies can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs.
2. Easter grass: The colorful “grass” that’s often used as filler in Easter baskets is a hazard for pets. If ingested by your dog or cat, this stringy material can become wrapped around the stomach or the base of the tongue, resulting in a linear foreign body obstruction. This can cause severe intestinal tract damage and may require abdominal surgery.
3. Chocolate: Sweet treats are a staple of many Easter baskets. Be sure anything containing chocolate stays far out of reach from curious canines (the darker the chocolate, the more hazardous). Symptoms of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, an irregular heartbeat, and seizures. If you witness these symptoms, contact a pet poison hotline or veterinarian. For a safe and healthy springtime snack, opt for a natural dog treat or try offering your pup a baby carrot.