Monday, April 25, 2011

Protect your pets from Easter hazards

Liam the pug with his Easter basket
I love Easter. In fact, I think I have more Easter decorations than Christmas decorations. Obviously, we celebrate in a big way here. But, some of the ways we mark the holiday could be dangerous for pets.

For example, now that the Easter bunny has come and gone, it's time to pick up the Easter baskets.

A traditional Easter basket contains many hazards for curious pets. Easter grass made of slick plastics can be quickly gulped down by your dog or your cats and can turn into an indigestible lump that must be surgically removed. And chocolate candy smells and tastes great to both dogs and cats, but neither animal should ever eat chocolate. In fact, enough chocolate can cause death.

So pick up the Easter baskets and put them where your animals can't reach them. Remember that curious and hungry animals can climb higher than you might think. It's best to place any food items in locked cupboards if you can't keep a close eye on your animals at all times.