Protect your cat this spring season

posted: by: D. Brock Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

With the arrival of spring comes joy and fun for all of our families, it also means Easter and Passover are right around the corner! Easter, Passover and Springtime decorations liven the scenery but they can also pose a potential hazard to pets.  Who know that plastic Easter grass would be something you would have to potentially worry about?  Plastic Easter grass is very appealing to cats, it is light and moves around enough to catch a cat's eye and intrigue them.  Unbeknownst to most pet owners it can be dangerous and can lead to choking or an intestinal blockage/linear foreign body.  Pet owners should be aware of abnormal and atypical behavior from their pet including vomiting, straining to defecate and lack of appetite.  Everyone loves tradition and family time when it comes to the holidays.  One of our favorite parts is the traditional tasty food we all prepare, that's the case for most pets too.  With family over and lots of delicious food being prepped for celebration we all have to remember that what is safe for us is not necessarily the case for our pets.  Too much "human food" can cause an upset stomach for our pets.  It is best to try and exclude them from tasting all the holiday food.

Something else we all enjoy looking at in the Spring is the lily.  There are many different types (Easter lily, day lily, Asiatic lily, tiger lily, peace lily, calla lily and lily of the valley).  Although these plants are beautiful every part including the petals, leaves and stems are highly toxic to cats.  Even as little as digesting one petal can be harmful to your pet.  The first signs and symptoms to look for are vomiting and lethargy, if left untreated and ignored it can cause (kidney) renal failure.

We all know that candy is another big part of Easter celebrations.  Chocolate and candy containing xylitol (artificial sweetener) are typically more of a hazard dogs, it can be harmful to cats too.  The toxic ingredients in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine, the level in which this affects a pet in a negative way is based on the type of chocolate and quantity of consumption.  Typical signs of consumption are vomit, diarrhea and trembling.  Ingesting the foil candy wrappers can also be hazardous to your pet because it is indigestible.  Hopefully these helpful tips will make celebrating this Easter a little safer and joyful for you and your family.