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Hoppy Easter from Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic!

Updated: Mar 23

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As the Easter bunny prepares to hop into town, it's important to keep our furry friends safe from some not-so-furry dangers lurking amidst the holiday cheer. While we humans are busy hunting for colorful eggs and indulging in chocolate treats, our beloved pets might be eyeing those same goodies with a little too much curiosity. So, before you hide those eggs or munch on that chocolate bunny, let's talk about the potential hazards associated with two Easter staples: lilies and chocolate.

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🌸 Lilies: A Purr-ty but Perilous Flower North Vancouver Vet

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Ah, lilies! They're elegant, they're fragrant, and unfortunately, they're highly toxic to our feline friends. While these blooms may be a sight to behold in our Easter bouquets, they pose a serious threat to cats if ingested. The culprit behind their toxicity lies in the plant's composition. Lilies contain chemical compounds called alkaloids, with the most harmful one being found in Easter lilies called 'lily of the valley.' Even a small nibble on a lily petal or leaf can lead to symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure in our whiskered companions. North Vancouver Vet

But did you know that lilies can also be hazardous to our canine companions? While dogs are less likely to nibble on flowers than cats, their curiosity can sometimes get the best of them. If a dog ingests a significant amount of any part of a lily plant, it can lead to gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea. However, the effects are generally less severe compared to those seen in cats. North Vancouver Vet

So, while you're decking the halls with boughs of lilies, make sure to keep them far out of reach of your curious critters. Opt for safer floral options like roses or daisies instead. After all, it's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to our furry friends! And remember, if your pet ingests any part of a lily plant, contact us immediately for guidance and assistance. North Vancouver Vet

🐶 Chocolate: The Canine Conundrum

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Ah, chocolate! It's the quintessential Easter treat for us humans, but for our canine companions, it's a big no-no. That's right, folks – chocolate is like the forbidden fruit for dogs, and indulging in even a small amount can spell trouble.

But why, you ask? Well, chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which is harmless to humans but can be downright dangerous for dogs. When ingested, theobromine can cause a range of symptoms in our furry friends, including vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and even seizures. North Vancouver Vet

But wait, there's more! While chocolate is a well-known hazard for dogs, it's also best to keep it away from our feline friends. Cats lack the necessary enzymes to metabolize theobromine efficiently, making them susceptible to the same adverse effects as dogs if they happen to sneak a taste of the sweet stuff. North Vancouver Vet

So, before you toss that chocolate bunny to your pup or leave it lying around where your curious cat can reach it, think again! Instead, opt for dog-friendly treats like peanut butter-filled eggs or carrot-shaped biscuits. Your pooch will thank you, and you'll have peace of mind knowing you're keeping them safe from chocolatey calamities. And if your pet gets into any chocolate treats, don't hesitate to contact us immediately for guidance and assistance. North Vancouver Vet

Remember, folks: when it comes to Easter celebrations, it's important to keep our pets in mind. By steering clear of lilies and chocolate, we can ensure that the holiday remains a joyous occasion for all members of the family – furry or otherwise. Hoppy Easter from all of us at Lonsdale Place Veterinary Clinic! North Vancouver Vet



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