Spring and Easter Pet HazardsSpring is finally here and with it can come some hazards to pets including plants and goodies from Easter.

  • Easter Lilies (and related lily plants) and Daffodils: These plants are common this time of year and, if ingested, are highly toxic to cats. The first signs of ingestion are vomiting and lethargy that can progress to kidney failure (with lily ingestion).

  • Easter Grass: These stringy decorations can lead to linear foreign bodies if ingested, especially in cats and ferrets. Signs may include vomiting, straining to defecate, and painful abdomen. Sometimes the grass can sometimes be visible from the mouth. Be careful not to pull out any visible grass or material as this can lead to further damage.
  • Chocolate and Candies: Chocolate and other candies are toxic to all our critters. In addition, any goodies containing Xylitol (artificial sweetener) are toxic. Xylitol is found in many baked goods.

If your pets happen to ingest any of the above mentioned hazards, please call your veterinarian as soon as possible.

Dr. Alia Habhab ("Dr. Alia") has been working at Animal House of Chicago since July 2013. A recent graduate of Ross University Veterinary School, she finished her clinical year at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2013. Dr. Alia has a special interest in exotic animal medicine.