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Top 5 Easter Toxins for Pets in Albuquerque

pet toxinsEaster holiday are great fun for the kids and the family, but it also poses a danger for our pets. Every Easter holiday the poison control center gets calls from people who have pets that got into the Easter basket and got sick

Here is a list of the top 5 Easter Toxins for your pet.

1. Chocolate

Did you know that Easter beats out Christmas, Valentines Day and even Halloween for the highest number of chocolate intoxication calls to the American Poison Control Center! The biggest reason is because parents hide it all over the house and back yard. Many times our industrious kids do not find all of it, and what our kids don’t find, our pets do. Tip: Hide your chocolate out of reach of the pets, or keep track of the number of eggs hidden to make sure you get them all.

2. Lilies

Lilies are a beautiful sping flower and a great gift for Easter. Many of us have them on our counter or table. They add such beauty to the house. Unfortunately they can also cause kidney failure in your cat. Any part of the plant, including falling leaves or pollen, can cause life-threatening complications in cats. Tip: We recommend not bringing lilies into a house with a cat, otherwise, make sure that it is completely out of reach of the cat and not left to dry out and drop leaves where you cat can get them. Also make sure all cat food and water are very far away, so they don’t get contaminated with pollen. 

3. Easter Grass

Easter grass is that plastic grass found in Easter baskets. Both cats and dogs like to eat grass. Whereas real grass is good for their digestions, plastic grass can kill them.  When your pet eats the grass it can easily cause a gastrointestinal obstruction that can become life threatening, and often requires surgery to remove. Tip: Use paper grass instead, or just skip the grass all together. 

4. Table Food

Many people have nice big family meals during the holidays. Make sure you don’t give your pets leftovers or table scraps and avoid the common food toxins: Onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, grapes, and raisins are common toxic foods that pets ingest. Tip: Don’t leave the trash can open for your pets to steal any leftovers or throw aways. 

5. Herbicides

Spring is the time for yard work! Most of us are pulling tumbleweeds out of our yard from all the spring wind. But you might also be tackling some of the weeds that are already filling up the garden beds and trying to choke out our grass. If you use an herbicide for killing weeds, bugs, or fertilizing, keep your pets away. Even if it is not overly toxic, exposure can often make your pet sick.


APCC made a great poison prevention video. It shows you how you can put together your own poison prevention pack at home.