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SPCA’s Reminder To Pet Owners This Easter Weekend

SPCA’s Reminder To Pet Owners This Easter Weekend

Posted March 29, 2021

Easter may be a long weekend of food and fun for many, but for our four-legged friends it can be a potentially dangerous time and SPCA is warning pet owners to be vigilant and keep their companions safe.

Many common treats and snacks that people enjoy over the Easter Weekend can actually cause serious harm to pets. It’s common knowledge that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but it is also toxic to cats and many other animals. In addition, there are also a number of other Easter goodies, including hot cross buns, that can be harmful to our furry friends.

SPCA Chief Executive Andrea Midgen says a little planning can ensure that everyone in the family, including companions, can be safe and enjoy the Easter weekend.

“It’s important to ignore your pet’s pleading eyes and think twice before leaving food in places that might be accessible to your animals – at the end of the day it will be in their best interest,” she says.

“Remember, if you think your pet has eaten something dangerous, we recommend you contact your local vet clinic immediately.”

Ten foods that are unsafe for pets:

· Grapes and raisins can be deadly to cats and dogs, so keep hot cross buns out of reach! Symptoms include lethargy excessive thirst, vomiting and in serious cases, acute kidney failure and death.

· Alcohol and caffeine are toxic for pets.

· Avocados contain persin which causes symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhoea to cardiac arrest and death. Birds are particularly sensitive to persin, but avocado should not be fed to any pets.

· Chocolate can cause seizures, vomiting and diarrhoea, and in some cases death.

· Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, weakness and tremors if eaten by dogs.

· Onions and chives contain disulphides and sulfoxides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anaemia.

· Peaches, plums, persimmons, and apple pips contain a substance that degrades to cyanide.

· Xylitol – a common ingredient in sugarless treats and sugarless gum is dangerous to animals.

· Don’t let your dog chew corn on the cob. Sweet corn cobs can cause blockages in the small intestine that may need to be removed surgically.

· Pork crackling, sausages and fatty meats not only add extra calories, but can lead to intense pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhoea due to pancreatitis.

Including Pets in Easter festivities

Easter can be a fun time for our pets and there are many ways owners can safely include their furry friends in upcoming Easter festivities.

Host an Easter egg hunt by hiding cat or dog treats around the house, and make sure chocolate treats aren’t left in places that might be easily accessible to animals. Remember to limit the number of treats to ensure to prevent overfeeding.

Safe foods for dogs include kumara, banana, pumpkin, carrot, cabbage, brown rice, quinoa, peas, broccoli, and cooked potatoes.

Feed in small amounts only, and check with your vet if your dog suffers from a health condition such as diabetes.