Easter safety tips for your pets

14th April 2022

As we enjoy the delicious treats that Easter has to offer, it’s important to remember that some of these can be hazardous to our pets.

Here are the 3 common dangers for pets to avoid:

Chocolate & Easter eggs:

Chocolate contains theobromine, an ingredient toxic to pets. If ingested, theobromine can cause seizures, increased heart rate, diarrhoea, vomiting and even death depending on the amount consumed by your pet. The general rule-of-thumb when determining this is that the darker the chocolate, the higher the level of theobromine.

Hot cross buns:

Hot cross buns contain dried fruits such as currants, raisins and sultanas. All of which are highly toxic to dogs. Ingesting just the smallest amount of dried fruits or grapes can cause acute kidney failure in dogs which can prove fatal.

Spring bulbs & flowers

As the colourful spring flowers begin to appear it’s important to remember that many of these are toxic to dogs. Some of the most common spring flowers that are poisonous to pets include:

  • Daffodils
  • Bluebells
  • Tulips
  • Buttercups
  • Foxgloves
  • Azaleas
  • Hyacinths
  • Crocuses

Symptoms can range from vomiting and diarrhoea to heart problems and difficulty breathing.

If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous flower or bulb then please consult your vet immediately.

For a full list of poisonous plants, flowers and bulbs please visit: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/advice/dog/plants-poisonous-to-dogs