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