Easter is Christian festival, celebrated by Christian community across the world. On this day Christian celebrate resurrection of their lord Jesus. Christians across the world strongly believe that Jesus was son of God and he accepted death for everyone’s bad deeds and he was revived back to life exactly three days after his death. They celebrate this special occasion as new beginning. As part of this festival people spend fun times with their families. Chocolates are used as Easter giveaways while people also present eggs as a symbol of new commencement. While your family is busy in celebrating this event, you must also take care of your cats and dogs. Make sure they stay happy and healthy with few of the following precautionary measures.
Easter lily and dogs
Flowers especially lilies are important part of Easter celebration. They symbolise purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life all these values signifies spiritual sense of Easter. People use flowers to demonstrate love and gratitude. However it should be acknowledged there are some spring plants that are not pet friendly and may cause serious medical issues. One of these flowers is lily. Lilies and plants related to this family are highly toxic for cats and dogs. If your dog swallows its bulbs it might lead to vomiting and exhaustion. If untreated timely, it may result in renal failure and death.
Plastic Easter grass
Artificial plastic grass is commonly used to decorate Easter egg and chocolate baskets. However do special care if you have dogs at your home. Make sure it is out of reach of your dogs and cats. This is because plastic in this artificial grass is non-digestible. It can stick in intestines leading to intestinal blockages. It is also possible for your dog to ingest other decorative materials like ribbons, bows and streamers and even ribbons and bows can tie around their neck. Be very careful and keep your Easter basket away from your dog. If you suspect that your dog has ingested something harmful, immediately contact your veterinarian.
Chocolates and candies
Chocolates and candies are essential and foremost part of Easter. It is used as giveaways and children use it with frequency. However chocolates are equally harmful for dogs. Almost all types of chocolates including white chocolate, milk chocolate, instant coca and baking chocolate have negative implications for dogs. Secondly many chocolates contain caffeine and theobromine which are hazardous for dogs. Similarly candies have sufficient content of artificial content called “xylitol”. This content is very dangerous for dogs and if ingested it can cause vomiting and loss of coordination. If untreated, it can lead to liver failure.
Eggs are important component of Easter celebration. It is presented on this special occasion as it symbolises a new beginning. While you have special significance of eggs as part of Easter celebrations, it may be fatal for your dog. In extreme cases it may result in painful death.
While Easter is joyful occasion for you and your family, be very careful in handling your pets also to avoid intolerable situation