Spring is in the air, the lambs are in the fields and the 'Oh no my dogs eaten 8 chocolate eggs' helpline is back in business- yes Easter has arrived. So whilst most pets choose to enjoy the sprinkles of sunshine, binkies in the garden and long sunny walks there are always that small handful that like to cause a bit of carnage!!
So how can you stop this from happening?
Yes we can ban Easter eggs from the house - but we need our chocolate fix to get through the bank holiday.
The Easter Egg HuntThese are always a lot of fun but remember Dogs will eat ANYTHING!! The plastic eggs are a choking hazard and could also lead to blockages if swallowed, hard boiled eggs aren't dangerous but will spoil after a few days. Therefore it is best we give the family dog the best seat in the house whilst the hunt is under way. Make sure all eggs are accounted for at the end of the hunt too as we all know that a dog could find a bone shaped needle in a haystack.
If you are worried your pet may have eaten something they shouldn't for example a plastic egg things to look for include;
Vomiting, usually with abdominal contractions. May be projectile if the obstruction is in the upper small intestine.
Loss of appetite.
Lethargy and Weakness.
Dogs with partial obstructions may burp and have diarrhoea.
If you are worried about any of the above symptoms do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at www.bayvets.co.uk.
We all know not to give dogs chocolate - but somehow every year we get a few sorry characters coming in to the vets to say bye to what they have just eaten. Chocolate in a small quantity of course isn't ideal but dark chocolate is more hazardous. If your dog consumes an un-healthy amount of chocolate (along with the packaging, foil, and what ever else is in the vicinity) please call your vet for advice. We can reduce the risk of this happening by - Not having chocolate eggs at all (which is just silly) or sensibly keeping the eggs out of harms way. From personal experience when it comes to dogs and chocolate - this means on a very high shelf in the spare room under lock and key!! It is also important to let children know NOT to give their Easter treats to pets, there are Easter eggs especially for pets available now if this makes it easier to get through a vet free Easter.
It is common knowledge that Lilies are fatal if they get in the wrong paws but did you know a number of spring flowers are also poisonous? Its almost impossible to keep your pets away from all of these flowers as they are everywhere at this time of year making us humans smile and sneeze. Here is a list of flowers harmful to our pets-
Boo hiss I hear you all say!! Fortunately we rarely see cases where these pretties have been ingested so we can relax as I am sure most houses have a vase of Daf's or Tulips. If you are worried your pet may have had a ravenous run in with any of these flowers please call your vet for further advice.
These on the other hand are like Mr Magregor to Peter Rabbit or Sylvester to Tweety-pie...
These are highly toxic especially to cats and in most cases can be fatal. This article by www.catsprotecion.org summarises the risks perfectly.
What we would advise is to not risk it happening - if you have pets DO NOT have lilies in your house - even if you think they are out of reach they probably aren't!!
Say NO to the Easter Bunny!!
All those who know me will know how much I LOVE rabbits and would always recommend them as the best pets for those who have the time, knowledge and patience to look after them. Easter time throws all my eggs out of the basket and I would always say don't let the season lead you to make a decision to get a bunny - I mean we don't all go out at Christmas and buy ourselves a reindeer!! Rabbits take up a lot of time every day, they drain the bank, need lots of space to play, lots of companionship and most of all lots of love!! A lot of animal shelters halt the adoption of rabbits over the Easter period as people get them on a whim - I mean I know they are hard to resist - but they are always there through the year to be rescued!! For more details and advice visit www.makeminechocolate.org.
Easter toys and decorations
Look deep into my eyes..............don't be fooled by my cute exterior - I am here to cause Easter carnage!! It is the norm these days to go all out at Easter - there are twiggy trees, hanging decorations, wreaths, fancy sassy ribbon Easter Eggs, teeny Easter chicks and all kinds of Easter tom foolery. It may look nice - if you don't have cats clawing at everything and dogs chewing and hovering up the mini chicks - so here is how to make it safe.
Keep twiggy trees and hanging decorations out of the reach of pets - they are choking hazards and tummy obstructions waiting to happen.
Ribbons can also cause problems as for some reason cats love to chew and sometimes eat them, these can cause all kinds of problems with their intestines so we advise ribbons are a NO!!
Make sure any Easter toys you do get your pet are pet friendly and large enough to not get swallowed.
Easter egg packaging can also cause problems as pets appetites don't seem to have filters - again plastic and cardboard can cause blockages and the foil on the egg can cause tares and further internal damage. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure the children tidy up after themselves and use the bin.
HERE IS A LIST OF PET PEEVES WHICH ARE BECOMING MORE COMMON AMONGST PET OWNERS - THEY MAY LOOK CUTE BUT - NO!!!
We may think pets look adorable in their little fancy dress outfits but if it is causing to much stress for the animal please STOP!! This cat is obviously loving life or maybe its part of its eat the Easter bunny trap!!
Baby chicks and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter addition, but think twice before you run off to your local chick-shop! Not only do these cute babies grow to be large adult animals requiring lots of care, they can sometimes carry Salmonella and other bacteria which can be transmitted to your children and other pets. My advice - stuffed bunnies and bottle brush chicks make much nicer Easter pets.
So I hope if not been to much of a Bad News Bunny!! I hope you and your pets have a fabulous Easter full of Chocolate for humans and sunshine dust, spring walks and extra bank holiday days spent with their staff (for our pets of course.) We are open over the Easter and there is a vet on call out of hours, hopefully we wont hear from you unless it is to tell us our huge Easter egg delivery is on its way.
So for now I shall leave you to enjoy.............
Images taken from Google Images, Make mine chocolate and Cats Protection.