Don’t Pick Your Pet’s Poison

Easter brings lots of cooking and candy.  It can also bring danger to our household pets.  Too few people know that Easter Lilies are highly poisonous to cats.  The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website contains an excellent list of almost 400 plants that are toxic to cats and dogs, such as aloe vera and many kinds of ivy.  Our pets can also be highly attracted to toxic foods.  For example, chocolate and garlic are poisonous for both cats and dogs even though they will readily eat it.  And never give your dog raisins or grapes – it can shut down their kidneys.

Symptoms of poisoning will range from seizures and foaming at the mouth to vomiting and coma.  If you suspect that your pet has eaten a toxic substance, seek medical attention immediately.  Don’t wait for symptoms to appear.



  1. Veneta Lykken says:

    I knew that dogs weren’t supposed to eat onions, but I had no idea about chocolate and garlic. Our daughter’s dog likes us to save him bits of our dinner, and we sometimes do. I’ll have to do some research before we do that again. We love our little buddy, and wouldn’t want to accidentally poison him.

    • Thanks for the comment! I just learned from another visitor that raisins and grapes are especially toxic to dogs so add those foods to the doggy no-no list.

  2. I would also like to add that at Easter time the fake plastic grass in baskets is something to watch out for with your cats. These linear items are easily eaten and not easily digested, they can cause torsion and twisting of the intestines so don’t let your kitty get the basket! I used paper grass this year to avoid such issues!
    Also, on a sidebar note one of the most toxic things to dogs is Rasins and then grapes, they can shut the kidney functions down with very little ingestion. We almost lost one of our dogs to this.

    • Wow, I did not know about the raisins and grapes being toxic for dogs! If it’s OK with you, I’d like to amend my article to include this info in the main story.

  3. Joshua law says:

    Spring can have additional dangers for animals as well.
    I don’t know if you have ‘blue-tailed skinks’ up north, but these beautiful water loving lizards can kill animals children and even some adults. Their skin secretes a toxin which if injested can cause dizzyness, seizures, vomiting, and even death.

    Antifreeze is another threat to all living creatures, and since so many people are working on their vehicles, leaks or small drops normally overlooked can be fatal to any creature seeking a few drinks of water from a puddle.

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