Spring and Easter Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Easter is just around the corner, and it's a time when flowers bloom and baby animals begin their new life. Many people celebrate the season by placing flowers around their house, planting seeds in their gardens or filling Easter baskets with candy. However, some of the most common decorative items found during the holiday can be harmful for your dogs or cats. Protect your pet this Easter by keeping them away from these toxic objects:

Easter lily
This gorgeous flower has long white petals and yellow stamen, and it's toxic for cats. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration warns pet owners that eating the entire pod (petals and stamen together) could be very harmful to the animal. Even if your cat licks the plant, you should call your vet.

Cyclamen
Another flower, cyclamen has upswept petals in a range of colors. Avoid placing these in your house as they are toxic to cats and dogs. Ingesting the tubers can cause seizures and death while the petals might induce diarrhea and vomiting.

Candies
If your kids' Easter baskets are filled with candy, keep a close eye on your dog. Chocolate is bad for them, as is xylitol, a sugar substitute that may cause liver failure. 

Easter grass
Many people line their Easter baskets with a plastic grass filler. Cats especially enjoy playing with the grass. However, if your pet ingests it, the grass could block its intestine and cause irritation. 

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