National Poison Prevention Week: Easter Hazards for Pets

This week, March 20-26, is National Poison Prevention Week. The week happens to fall right before Easter Sunday this year, which is March 27. Before your home becomes filled with chocolate and Easter eggs galore this weekend, make sure to take note of poisons and toxicities your pets might be exposed to this springtime.

Our friends over at ASPCA Professional have put together a list of the top four toxins callers contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center about:


The APCC averaged 37 calls a day about pets eating chocolate last year—that’s a lot of foil-wrapped eggs!

Tanner (19)
Tanner is perfectly content with dog-safe toys instead!

Fortunately, like Halloween candy, Easter chocolates tend to have non-chocolate fillings versus solid chocolate. Nevertheless, animals who’ve ingested Easter chocolate should be monitored for pancreatitis.

Also, don’t forget to check if the chocolate contains raisins, macadamia nuts, alcohol, and/or xylitol.

Easter Grass

Plastic Easter grass is a common call for APCC. Although the decorative grass that lines baskets is generally not a concern for toxicity, it can cause a linear foreign body obstruction.

Choosing wisely ahead of time may create some goodwill and prevent grief later on.


Easter is the spring kick-off for APCC, and calls start rolling in about outdoor toxins. Of course, there are many troublesome plants out there, but bulbs and lilies tend to predominate on this holiday.

Unfortunately may cat owners still are not aware of the danger lilies pose.

Fertilizers & Herbicides

6159114564_2ca4a96867_zWarmer weather brings out gardeners, and Easter weekend for many parts of the country is warm enough that people head outside to get that first application of fertilizer on the grass. In southern parts of the country they may be heading outside with weed killers, many of which contains chemicals toxic to your pets.

Don’t disregard common “Keep Pets Off Grass” signs!

Information for this blog was used with permission from ASPCA Professional and was originally published in their Tools & Tips. Click through to learn more.

Prepared by Bridget Bott, HSNEGA Communications Intern



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