Easter Pet Care

Easter is just around the corner. We’re more than happy to see the warm weather returning! Just keep your pet’s safety in mind as you celebrate the spring holiday. A local Michigan City, IN vet offers some tips on caring for your pet around Easter in this article.

Be Careful With Flowers

Easter bouquets are a traditional part of many holiday meals. It’s always nice to see bright flowers after a long winter! However, many popular flowers are poisonous to pets. Lilies, for example, are extremely poisonous to cats. Tulips and daffodils are also unsafe. You can find more information on both safe and unsafe plants at the ASPCA website here.

Decorations

That fake plastic grass you find in many Easter baskets is a huge choking hazard for pets, and can cause serious internal injuries if swallowed. Plastic eggs are also dangerous. Keep these spots in places your pet can’t reach.

Brush Your Furry Friend

Spring is peak shedding time for many of our furry patients. Brush your pet daily as they are changing into their summer coat. If your dog hasn’t had a bath for a while, consider bringing him to the salon. It’s always great to snuggle with a clean, fresh-smelling pup!

No Sweets For Pets

Chocolate is a big concern here. It’s extremely toxic to pets! In fact, a fatal dose is only one once of chocolate to your pet’s body weight. As if that weren’t enough, many chocolate products contain nuts, raisins, or xylitol, which are also poisonous to pets. Hard candies are dangerous as well. They can present choking hazards, as can those plastic wrappers.

Offer Safe Treats

Are you hosting an Easter meal? It’s fine to give your furry pal something special. Just stick with safe options. Never let your dog or cat have anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; avocado; chocolate, as mentioned above, is also unsafe, as are caffeine; nuts; mushrooms; raw meat or yeast; and anything that contains xylitol.

Parasite Control

As the weather warms up, parasites will return in full force. Make sure your pet is current on their prevention products, as well as their vaccinations.

Happy Easter from all of us here at Maple City Animal Hospital! Please feel free to contact us, your local Michigan City, IN vet clinic, anytime! We are dedicated to helping you keep your beloved pet happy and healthy.

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