3. Plastic toys and Grass
Problem: The plastic Easter eggs, toys and grass are popular fillers for Easter baskets, but they may also attract pets who can chew and swallow them. The result can be obstruction in your pet’s intestines which could lead to surgery to resolve.
Signs that your pet may have ingested any of the above may exhibit vomiting, dehydration, weakness, diarrhoea, weight loss, loss of appetite, pain, or bloating.
4. Table Food
Problem: Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins are common toxic foods pets ingest, these may cause stomach upset or lead to pancreatitis.
Signs of ingestion of these foods may not develop for several days, but when they do, your pet could exhibit nausea, drooling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy, pale gums and increased heart and breathing rates.
Problem: Easter often brings the final summer fertilising of the garden, leading to animals possibly ingesting these products. Fertilisers can contain poisonous amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and iron. Pets love the salty taste and may ingest while the products are being sprayed or when sprinkled on the lawns.
Signs of ingestion include drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, difficulty in breathing and dark coloured gums.
Have fun this Easter with your family and friends, but be vigilant were your pets are concerned. Keep your vet’s number handy and easily accessible at all times. If your pet is showing any of the above symptoms, or you notice a change in your pet’s behaviour, do not wait to seek medical attention from your veterinarian.
By spending some extra time playing with your animals, going for a longer walk, or just a good cuddle session will make the Easter holidays just as special for them as it is for you.