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Easter Hazards for Pets

Easter is coming up fast: the spring holiday falls on April 21st this year. This can be a dangerous holiday for pets! Here, a local Norwalk, CA vet offers some tips on keeping your beloved pet safe at Easter.

Dinner

Easter dinners are a big part of many families’ holiday celebrations. Keep unsafe foods away from your furry buddy. Some of these dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; pitted fruits; sugary foods; nuts; mushrooms; alcohol; and meat on the bone. Grapes, currants, and raisins are also no-no’s, as are raw dough, meat, and yeast. We also recommend that dog owners use garbage cans with secure lids, just in case Fido gets any bright ideas about looking for leftovers in the trash.

Easter Baskets

The plastic ‘grass’ included in many Easter baskets is another hazard. Fluffy and Fido could accidentally (or, in some cases, purposefully) ingest it. This is a serious choking hazard! The grass can also cause dangerous intestinal blockages. Plastic eggs are another concern, particularly with larger dogs.

Weather

April can be hot, so get your pet ready for warmer temperatures. Make sure Fido and Fluffy always have plenty of fresh water and shade.

Chocolate/Candies

Keep those chocolate bunnies and eggs out of paws’ reach! Chocolate is toxic to pets, and can even be fatal in large doses. Smaller candies are also unsafe, as many of them contain xylitol, which is poisonous to dogs and cats. Candy wrappers and hard candies are concerning as well, as they can choke playful pets.

Guests

If you’re hosting a family gathering, keep a close eye on Fido and Fluffy, especially as people are coming and going. You don’t want your beloved pet slipping out through an open door or gate!

Bouquets

Flowers can add a lovely pop of color to any room, but keep those bouquets in spots your pet can’t reach. Many popular flowers, such as lilies, tulips, and oleanders, are poisonous to both dogs and cats. In fact, kitties can suffer kidney failure from eating just part of a lily!

Eggs

If you host an egg hunt, make sure that all the eggs get picked up. Missed ones will soon spoil … which won’t necessarily make them less appealing to your canine pal.

Please contact us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is almost here! This can be a dangerous time of year for our furry friends. Read on as a Norwalk, CA vet offers tips on keeping your furry friend safe.

Secure The Candy

Candy is a big part of many autumn celebrations. Those sweet treats can be very dangerous for your furry pal, however. Many contain things like nuts, chocolate, raisins, and xylitol, which are all toxic to pets. Your dog or cat could also choke on a hard candy or a candy wrapper. Keep the candy dish in an area your pet can’t get to, and offer them a more suitable treat, like some shredded deli meat.

Keep Pets Indoors

Increased traffic is a big concern around Halloween. If you have a dog, keep him on a tight leash when you are walking him. Pranksters, unfortunately, can also threaten pets at this time of year. We always recommend keeping cats inside, but that goes double for Halloween. Don’t leave Fido in the yard long, especially after dark.

Decorations

Decorations can be quite dangerous to our furry buddies. You don’t want Fido knocking a jack-o-lantern over, or Fluffy eating fake spider webs! Keep anything that your pet may try to eat or play with out of paws’ reach!

Give Fido Time Off Door Duty

Many of our canine pals love to let us know when there is someone at the door. A steady stream of trick-or-treaters can be a bit much for Fido, however. He could also get frightened or agitated by the costumes. Keep your furry friend safe and sound in a quiet back room with food, toys, treats, and bedding when the doorbell starts to ring.

Costumes

We know, pets can be really cute in costumes. However, many cats feel very constricted and frightened in clothing. Fluffy is much more comfortable in her own fur coat! As for Fido, if you do decide to dress him, make sure not to put him in anything tight, hot, itchy, or constricting. Items with small parts, like buttons, are also dangerous, as dogs sometimes try to eat their outfits. Once your pet is dressed, keep a close eye on him. If he seems hot or uncomfortable, take his costume off.

Please reach out to us, your Norwalk, CA vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. We are here to help!