Easter can be an exciting time for both adults and children. While we prepare for Easter, it is essential to keep an eye on potential dangers for your furry friend.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine (a chemical compound found in the cacao plant), which can be fatal to our pets. It is important to keep chocolate out of reach this Easter. If you are hiding chocolate eggs, keep your pets in a safe location away from the hunt and record where you have hidden the eggs.
If you do suspect your pet may have eaten some chocolate, call us straight away, as symptoms can take up to three hours to show.
Some symptoms to look out for include:
And in severe cases, seizures.
Hot cross buns
Hot cross buns are another treat to keep out of reach of our furry friends. Some hot cross buns contain chocolate which can be fatal to our pets. They can also contain raisins. Raisins, grapes, sultanas and currants have been shown to cause acute kidney failure in dogs. The exact reason is still not identified; therefore, we cannot determine how much is toxic or which pets will be affected. Some pets can eat a few grapes with no ill effects, whereas others may become severely ill with the same amount.
It is always better to be on the safe side; if you suspect your pet has eaten any, please call us immediately.
Initial signs can include:
Noises and crowds
New visitors, noises and smells can sometimes cause anxiety for your pet. To help minimise your pet’s stress;
Create a calm, quiet spot for your pet away from the noise.
Exercise your pet before any guests arrive.
Small and cute Easter decorations could become choking hazards for your pet or, if broken, can cause cuts to their mouths. Ensure all decorations are out of your pet’s reach or too big for them to fit in their mouths. If your pet has swallowed or eaten any decorations, please call our team.
Some flowers are toxic to our pets. If you decorate with flowers or receive them as gifts, place them in a location your pet can’t get to. Some flowers and plants to look out for include:
Common Poisonous House Plants
Bird of Paradise
Nephthytis, Arrowhead Vine
Synogonium podophyllum albolineatum
Split leaf Philodendron
Common Poisonous Outdoor Plants
Stem, bark, seed pits
Berries, roots, foliage
Seeds, if chewed
Leaves, seed pits, stems, bark
Berries, bark, leaves
Leaves, seeds, flowers
All parts, root and root stalk
Bulbs, leaves, flowers
All parts, unripe fruit
Roots, foliage, unripe fruit
All parts, including dried leaves
Needles, bark, seeds
If your pet has nibbled on any of your plants, please take a photo of the plant for later identification and reference, and call our team immediately. For more Easter tips, please call us on (09) 524 8361 or book an appointment online! We hope you enjoy a lovely long weekend.
At Abbotts Way we have a skilled and dedicated team of vets and nurses providing the very best in Veterinary care.
We use only the best and safest anesthetics, medication and equipment and employ only trained veterinary nurses to ensure that your pet is in the safest possible hands. All of our staff love animals and love caring for them. We understand your needs as a pet owner and you can be sure that your pet will receive individual care and attention second to none. Our vet clinic is located on Abbotts Way close to Ellerslie and Remuera.