**Guest post from Ellen B.**
|Easter is around the corner so it’s a good time to take note of a few Easter traditions that could cause harm to pets. Also, let’s look at human traditions that pets would likely enjoy as well!|
1. Easter lilies and other lilies can be toxic to cats, causing kidney failure and death.
All parts of the lily can be toxic, and eating just one leaf can result in severe poisoning. After eating a portion of an Easter lily, a cat will generally vomit and become depressed within 2 hours. The vomiting may subside, but the cat will not eat and continue to become more depressed.
Contact your veterinarian immediately if you know or suspect your cat has eaten any part of an Easter lily. Your veterinarian will start treatment that includes causing the cat to vomit by giving an emetic, administering activated charcoal and a cathartic (stimulates bowel movements), and giving subcutaenous or intravenous fluids. A cat must be treated within 18 hours of ingesting the plant, or the damage to the kidneys will be irreversible. (Information via Easter Lily Toxicity on PetEducation.com by Drs. Foster & Smith’s veterinarian staff.)
2. Bunnies are most often NOT good gifts.
As cute as they are, a bunny should not be a “new toy” in an Easter basket. Given as a surprise, a bunny could easily get ignored when the excitement of being new is lost. They are a life-long commitment and the whole family should be involved in the responsibility a new pet brings.
If you’ve discussed getting a bunny (or duckling, another traditional Easter animal), and feel your family is ready and willing to take on the commitment, consider tucking some pet supplies in your child’s Easter basket in preparation for a new pet. They will have to figure out that the supplies mean they will be getting a new pet, and the anticipation of then getting a new pet will just add to the excitement of the new family member.
3. Pets like gifts, too! Consider giving your pet an Easter basket!
When I give my dogs a new treat or toy, it’s a real joy to watch as their tail wags in excitement over their new treasure! Dogs love treats and toys, and so do cats! No matter what type of pet you have, I’m willing to bet they’d appreciate a small token of “love” on Easter morning!