Ten Easter hazards: Pet owners warned to be eggs-tra careful

Posted by Dr Dog. March 26th 2018. Tagged: Pet health and Spring pet care

British pet owners are being urged to be vigilant this Easter, as pet poisoning cases surge by 88 per cent in the two weeks surrounding the food-filled celebration.

The full list of Easter hazards that can cause harm to your pet if ingested is below:

1. Chocolate

Chocolate contains theobromine which is highly poisonous to pets. Cats can also become lactose intolerant as adults so would struggle to ingest the milk in the chocolate, causing diarrhoea.

2. Raisins, sultanas and currants

Pets find these dried fruits toxic in varying amounts, so fruity treats are out!

3. Chicken bones

Poultry bones can become weak and splintered when cooked, so don’t let your dog nibble on any roast leftovers.

4. Fatty foods

Although we overindulge over Easter, excessively fatty foods and high fat treats can cause pancreatitis and digestive upset.

5. Onions, garlic and shallots

These humble veggies belong to the Allium family, and contain a substance that can damage red blood cells and cause anaemia in dogs.

6. Macadamia nuts

These humble nuts can make dogs wobbly, weak, shaky and sick, so keep the nut selection out of reach.

7. Blue cheeses

Dogs can be allergic to roquefortine C which is found in blue cheeses such as Stilton, Gorgonzola and Roquefort.

8. Alcohol

Although the long weekend is an excuse for us to crack open the fizz, alcohol can make dogs very poorly as they are more sensitive to the effects.

9. Flowers

While flowers are closely associated with spring, some flowers, including amaryllis, daffodils and tulips can make cats and dogs ill.

10. Over-the-counter meds

Paracetamol and Ibuprofen might be useful for humans after the drinks, but these popular meds are very harmful to dogs if eaten.

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