“The Pet Lady” shares Easter pet hazards to watch out for

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Today is Easter and that means there’s probably a great deal of people and excitement going on around your home. While it’s fun for family and friends to get together, there are some things to watch out for that can be dangerous for our pets.

Joining us this Easter Sunday on Good Morning Connecticut, “The Pet Lady” Dana Humphrey gives us a look at some Easter Hazards for your dog and cat that you should be aware of.

News 8 anchor Brian Spyros sat down with Humphrey and two puppies that you can adopt! Together they discussed some great tips to keep our dogs and cats healthy and safe this Easter.

Easter is the season when chocolate and rabbits seem to pop up everywhere! In addition to chocolate, Easter presents an additional set of risks for your pets, including certain plants, fatty foods, decorations, Easter baskets, egg hunts, picnics, parties, and parades. Thousands of pets become injured or sick each year thanks to the unforeseen dangers of this colorful holiday. But with a little knowledge and effort, you can keep your celebrations pet-safe.

Humphrey also adds that chocolate can be deadly. Chocolate is the food for lovers, but it is very toxic to dogs and cats. A small amount can cause serious—and perhaps fatal—consequences. Following are the toxicity levels of different types of chocolate: Baking chocolate. This type of chocolate has the highest concentration of theobromine and caffeine. Then come Semi-sweet chocolate/instant cocoa, Milk chocolate, White chocolate.

Also, look out for lilies. Every year cat owners bring beautiful lilies into their homes, unaware of the tragedies that await. Cats are curious creatures, and hundreds of them get violently sick and even die from exploring and ingesting
these delicate, traditional Easter flowers. Lilies that are toxic to cats!

Holiday foods are meant for people, not pets! Ham, for instance, is very dangerous for cats and dogs. In addition to being high in fat, ham is also very salty and can cause serious stomach upset or pancreatitis.

Never give your pets alcoholic beverages or table scraps of any kind. Instead, give them their regular food, treats, and lots of love.

Don’t leave candy out. Lots of animals love the sweet smell and taste of candy and will stop at nothing to ingest it. Cats also have a tendency to play with round candies, setting up a potential choking hazard.

What we see as festive and decorative our pets see as interesting and edible. All parts of basket décor are dangerous. This includes plastic grass, plastic toys, and candy (foil wrapper and all). Easter grasslooks like real grass and pets can’t always tell the difference. Once ingested, these objects can become lodged in the stomach or intestines, requiring abdominal surgery to remove them. Pets can also choke on these items, so be sure to keep Easter baskets out of reach.
Ribbons, bows, streamers, and other decorative items are all subject to being chewed or played with and eaten.

You should note, that if you suspect your pet has eaten something foreign, take them to the vet right away. Don’t wait until signs of vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, drooling, or abnormal bowel movements occur.

Pets often include themselves in the Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, they often find the forgotten rotten egg that, if ingested, can lead to serious food poisoning. Be doubly sure to keep track of all hidden
eggs and baskets. Do not run out and get a rabbit, chick, or any new pet during Easter. Such impulse buying is a mistake. Purchasing a new pet should only be done after careful consideration and research as to what it takes to
own one of these soft, lovable creatures. Granted, they are cute, but you have to take into account the added responsibility financially, emotionally, and physically. Every year shelters across America are flooded with unwanted pets post-Easter by people who didn’t think ahead.

While many people enjoy entertaining guests, having parties, or changing their routine, most pets shy away from such things. If you are having guests over, put your pets in a spare room with some toys
and a comfortable place to lie down. Try to keep them on their regular schedule for feeding and exercise.

Give your pets plenty of attention so they don’t feel left out, and make sure they have a current ID tag on at all times. This is important throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, as there is a greater risk of your pet escaping when there are more visitors around.

About The Pet Lady:
Dana Humphrey AKA “The Pet Lady” travels from Coast to Coast to pet trade shows and consumer events such as Superzoo, Global Pet Expo, Intergroom, Pet News Now, NAVC, Total Pet Expo, Super Pet Expo and “mutts” more, to scout out the hottest, hippest and most unique pet products on the planet! Bringing you tips and tricks from the top vets, groomers, trainers on how to safely travel and live happy with your pet! From Fox, ABC, NBC and other media outlets “The Pet Lady” will be in a city near you soon, showing off the latest and greatest tech pet gadgets, cozy comforts and fab gift idea’s for man’s (and woman’s) best friend!

If you’d like to adopt or learn more about the puppies that visited us on Good Morning Connecticut, you can go to www.holeinonerescue.com. Daisy and Morgan are pit bull puppies that can be found at The Flying Fur in Windsor Locks. Call them at 860-623-0450.

Learn more or watch the pet lady on camera here: http://thepetlady.net/.

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