Greetings to everyone in the Great White North! Looking outside Scholl Animal Hospital, it may not seem like spring is sprung, but Easter is right around the corner. We would like to take this opportunity to discuss some possible household dangers for your pets during this holiday.
A major concern for our feline friends is lily toxicity in cats. Following ingestion of as little as one or two plant pieces your cat may experience the following signs: vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite, tremors and possibly seizures. Beyond the unpleasant immediate effects it is possible that your cat may also experience renal failure. Plants that are toxic to cats are not limited to the lily family and a comprehensive list can be found on the ASPCA’s website. The best way to avoid health problems in your cat is to limit their exposure. This means banning the plants from the house or at the very least keeping them out of reach.
Easter is also a time when we like to show our affection for our loved ones with gifts of chocolate. Although appealing to our tastebuds this sweet treat is not canine friendly. Chocolate contains several compounds that are harmful to dogs. Theobromine and caffeine, contained in chocolate, act as stimulants for the central nervous and cardiovascular system. When ingested in sufficient quantities your dog may experience increased heart rate, hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, and ataxia. Here is a helpful client education sheet that outlines toxic levels of different forms of chocolate.
We encourage you to contact the clinic if you are concerned about a substance consumed by your pet.
Scholl Animal Hospital Team