Keep Pets and Children Safe on Easter Weekend


Veterinarians try to remind people about potential hazards to family pets around Easter.  Not only a concern for small children, but pets themselves can be put at serious risk from chewing on and ingesting the small plastic Easter eggs and the plastic shells.

Pets can also be harmed by Easter grass, whether the plastic or paper varieties of Easter grass.  And, lamb bones have been another danger for dogs and cats.

Easter candy and candy wrappers should be kept away from your pets.  Dogs risk becoming ill, vomiting, or even having a seizure from certain types of chocolate.  Also, cats risk being poisoned by Easter lily plants, contributing to kidney failure.

Annual advice from veterinarians around Easter is to think long and hard about the temptation to get a rabbit or a baby chick.  These pets require a long-term commitment that will become year-round, long after the novelty of being a new Easter pet wears off.  They are very fragile and high-maintenance, they require a lot of care and attention, they need a special diet, and they are prone to stress and serious illness if not lovingly cared for in a special environment.  Without help from their parents, younger children generally cannot take proper care of a rabbit or a baby chick by themselves.

Parents should remember, rabbits need to be spayed or neutered.  If rabbits are not treated gently and calmly, they can scratch or bite at your child.

Be safe and sound this Easter weekend.  May this holiday, celebrating our Lord and Saviour’s resurrection, be a time of great joy and happiness for you and your family — and your pets!