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Look for the hidden dangers this Easter holiday season

April 8, 2020

The Lost Dogs’ Home is asking pet owners to be extra vigilant this Easter holiday season when it comes to safety and pets.

With more people staying at home this Easter because of isolation restrictions, The Lost Dogs’ Home says now is a good time to make sure there is a safety checklist in your home to minimise the possibility of animals accessing Easter treats and food.

“If you’re a dog owner or an animal lover, it is hard to miss the warnings that are come out at this time of the year, cautioning against leaving chocolate lying around at Easter but it’s so much more than just chocolate that poses a danger to our furry friends,” said Spokesperson Suzana Talevski.

“Start by getting down on your hands and knees so you can view each room from your pet’s eye level and how they view the world. The best way to avoid a trip to the vet this Easter is to completely cut out the risks or at least minimise them.”

“Out of sight out of mind. Put any human Easter treats in the pantry or in cupboards out of four-legged reach. Remove temptations.”

Besides chocolate, items to look out for include:

Hot cross buns – these are easy for dogs to pinch from the kitchen counter so be careful how you store them. Raisins and sultanas found in hot cross buns can cause sudden kidney failure in dogs, and even in cats. The exact reasons why are still not clear and the impact of eating raisins can vary drastically from one animal to another, but there’s a toxic agent in the fruit that can also lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, kidney disease and extreme lethargy. In some cases in can cause death.

Easter grass — The grass often used to line Easter baskets can become lodged in an animal’s intestines, causing vomiting, diarrhea or other issues. After your kids open their baskets, make sure to throw the Easter grass out, and vacuum the carpet if necessary.

Easter egg hunts — After the fun of the egg hunts are complete, be thorough in making sure there are not any left over Easter eggs for your animals to consume. This is especially important with mini eggs as dogs have an impeccable smell sense and will be able to sniff them out even when you cannot.

Easter lilies – Easter lilies are extremely poisonous to cats, and just a small amount can kill a cat! Even small ingestions can result in severe kidney failure.

If you suspect your pet has ingested chocolate, hot cross buns or any other treat that can have detrimental effects call your veterinarian immediately. Often it is better to assume that the chocolate or hot cross buns could be toxic and start the required treatment in order to prevent a tragic outcome.

For further information or to organise interviews please contact:

Suzana Talevski

T: 03 9321 8719

M: 0436 836 836