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Easter poisons for pets and our surgery opening hours over the long bank holiday weekend

March 14, 2022

In celebration of Easter and all the yummy treats that come with it, our team have pulled together a list of the most common Easter pet poisons to beware of. March is actually Pet Poison Prevention Month, so we hope this list will help you keep your faithful companions safe this Easter!

In the event of an emergency, call Garston Vets on 01373 452225.

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Common Easter Pet Poisons

It is easy for pets to be tempted by treats, food, and drinks at this time of year – many of which will do them harm. Here are some of the main offenders below – be sure to share this list with your pet-loving friends on Facebook or Instagram.


1. Easter chocolate

How much chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats depends on a wide variety of factors. Chocolate contains the chemical theobromine, which is the poisonous ingredient, and should never be given to pets. Depending on the size of your pet and the amount of chocolate eaten, the effects can vary from vomiting and diarrhoea to seizures. Keep chocolate Easter eggs and Easter cakes where your pets cannot get to them. If you are doing an Easter egg hunt, it is best to keep your pets away from the area until you are 100% certain all of the eggs and treats have been removed. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call us on 01373 452225 straight away.


2. Raisins & currants

These are commonly found in hot cross buns and scones and along with most other dried fruit are extremely toxic to pets. While many pet owners understand the danger chocolate can pose, hot cross buns are another springtime treat that can be potentially harmful to animals. Raisins, sultanas and currants are all toxic to pets, causing vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, kidney failure. Keep these foods out of reach and avoid putting leftovers out for birds as they could end up on the ground where you pets could eat them.


3. Daffodils

These striking yellow flowers are synonymous with Easter so it is important to know that daffodils are toxic to cats and dogs when ingested, especially the bulbs. Our nurse Gemma suggests removing or relocating daffodil bulbs to somewhere your pets cannot access them if they enjoy eating everything in the garden.


4. Lilies

Easter lilies, tiger lilies, and many other plants from this family are extremely dangerous for pets, especially cats. Pets can be poisoned by ingesting any part of the plant, drinking water from the vase, and even getting pollen on their fur. Poisoning from lilies can be life-threatening so it is wise to avoid them if you have pets. If your pet has a lily emergency, call us quickly on the number above.


5. Garden hazards

Like many pet owners, you are probably planning to do some gardening this Easter weekend. Make sure that herbicides, pesticides, and fertilisers are kept well out of your pets’ reach. Our small animal partner John recommends shopping around for pet-safe options. If you are cutting the lawn this Easter, make sure your pets do not eat the fresh grass cuttings as they can make them very unwell.

This list is not exhaustive so the general rule of thumb when it comes to Easter pet poisons is to keep harmful substances, human foods, and poisonous plants well out of reach. If you suspect your pet has eaten or come into contact with anything suspect, it is important not to wait for symptoms to show.


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