Easter is such a joyous time of the year as most people are looking forward to springtime, sunshine, greenery and flowers. What a glorious time of year for families, children and pets. It is common to keep tabs on what your children may consume, since this holiday is filled with so many sweet treats like marshmallow chicks & bunnies, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies and many other candy products. If you are a pet owner, such “treats” can be even more hazardous to dogs and cats. Contact your local Knoxville-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home from further tips on how to protect your pets during holiday celebrations.
It is common knowledge by most pet parents that chocolate is definitely hazardous to pets and can cause fatal results. There are other concerns when preparing for the Easter celebrations. You can have a safe and joyous occasion as a pet owner by keeping several of these things in mind:
• Plastic eggs may appear to be a fun dog toy to your curious pet but chomping and chewing on one of these can cause injury to your pet. If using real eggs for egg hunts, be sure all are accounted for; if left to spoil and your pet eats it the egg, it can cause illness.
• Easter grass can be very hazardous to a pet if eaten and swallowed. The grass does not digest but can actually bind the intestines with fatal results.
• You know the dangers of giving your pets chocolate but little ones around the home many not be so cautious and think it is fun to share with the furry pals. Ensure that you educate the children and other guests in your home that chocolate, sweets and other people foods are indeed off-limits to the family dog or cat.
• Don’t forget the curious nature of your pets and that includes the trash bins. Keep all trash cans tightly closed to avoid any injuries to the inquisitive dog or cat.
• Flowers always add extreme beauty and sweet aroma to the home for a festive feel during the holidays but ensure that such plants are out of reach to your pets. So many florals like Easter Lilies are extremely toxic for pets if consumed.
Easter is a joyous holiday for you and the family but can also be fun for the furry family members when taking proper precautions. Be happy, be safe and have a great holiday.
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-1167
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956
Knoxville Animal Behaviorists – College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996