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Common Easter Dangers

Everyone knows that the Easter Season is right around the corner. While this time of year is a great way to spend time with family and friends, it also poses many dangers for our indoor cats. Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Western New York sees many of these dangers turn into emergencies. Here are a few things to watch out for this year to keep your pets safe!

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Easter Grass

Although Easter grass is pretty in all of the Easter baskets we spend so much time putting together, it is very dangerous for cats. Unfortunately, the plastic grass is potentially dangerous for your companion if he happens to eat it.  Your feline friend will be drawn to it because it looks like a fun thing to play with; its textured, colorful, and looks like the perfect object to chew on.  If your feline eats plastic Easter grass, an abdominal or intestinal blockage may happen, which means your cat may need surgery. Initial symptoms of an abdominal or intestinal obstruction can include: vomiting, diarrhea or straining to have a bowel movement, abdominal pain, drooling, and lack of appetite.  Your kitty may also exhibit some behavior changes if he has an obstruction, such as growling or hissing when you try to pick him up or touch his stomach.

If you see Easter grass in your cat’s mouth or sticking out of its rear end, DO NOT pull it out. Call your Veterinarian or Veterinary Emergency Clinic ASAP for further instructions.

Flowers

Fresh flowers are very popular this time of year to decorate homes with. But, cat owners know, that decorations must be investigated thoroughly by our cats. Although most kinds of flowers are harmless to animals, Easter lilies and daffodils are very toxic to kitties if ingested. Ingesting any part of an Easter Lily can lead to vomiting, decreased or excessive urination and drinking, dehydration, anorexia (lack of appetite), acute kidney failure, and in some cases, death. If a cat ingests a small quantity of Daffodils, they may vomit, drool, and have diarrhea. However, if a cat ingests a large quantity of these flowers, they can experience low blood pressure, tremors, heart irregularities, and convulsions.

Keep your feline friend safe by not bringing either of these types of flowers into your home. There are safer options for your home decoration needs, like Roses, Easter Orchids, Sunflowers, and African Violets.

Candy

Everyone knows that if our pets take a bite of our chocolate bunnies, there are serious consequences. Xylitol, an artificial sweetener used in some baked goods, sugar-free candies, gum, and toothpaste, is also poisonous to kitties. Vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination are initial signs that your cat has eaten something containing xylitol.  Seizures can also occur.

If you think your cat has eaten a treat out of your Easter goodies, don’t panic. Call Veterinary Emergency Clinic, so we can talk you through what to do next.

Easter is a great time of year to celebrate with your friends and family. Follow these tips to make sure you and your pets stay happy and healthy this holiday season. As always, if you are having an pet emergency, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are open 24/7 to help you with all of your emergent pet needs.

Stay tuned to the Veterinary Emergency blog for updates on pet safety, and prevention of emergencies.

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