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Keep Your Pets Safe, Healthy and Stress Free this Easter

Posted March 25, 2016

With Easter fast approaching, we wanted to offer busy pet parents some important tips to keep your pets safe, healthy and and stress free over the long weekend!

  • Make sure the Easter Bunny doesn’t leave chocolate where your pet can reach it —Hunting for treats is fun, but these yummy human treats are one of the most common reasons for emergency vet visits during the holidays. And with noses much more sensitive than ours, your pets can probably find the treats before you even finish hiding them.  Even a small amount of chocolate can cause severe gastrointestinal issues and can even be fatal. You can do an “Easter Egg” hunt for your cat or dog too by hiding yummy, healthy treats of their very own!  Try our My Little Lion treats for cats, or Caru bites for dogs, both in three great flavours.
  • Be careful with your Easter Dinner and scraps.  We know how tempted us humans are by the mouth-watering feasts prepared for this holiday, but your pets share in this too.  Even if your back is only turned for a second, they could gobble down as much unattended food as they can get away with.  Ensure that you cover all food so that you don’t go to answer the door and come back with your guests to a half cleared table!  Binge eating such as this can cause symptoms as mild as minor intestinal upsets to pancreatitis, diarrhea, vomiting and in the case of some foods like chocolate severe illness resulting in death.  It’s also important to advise your guests if you do not want them to give treats to your pet. Your guests get to go home at the end of the holiday, but you could be dealing with the ramifications for your pet for much longer.
  • Put holiday plants up where your pet can’t reach them. Lilies (Easter and Tiger especially) and tulips, hyacinth and daffodil bulbs are very poisonous when ingested.  If moving your plants is not an option, you can help discourage your cat or dog from nibbling at these tempting greens by spraying the plants with peppermint oil, any kind of citrus oil or misting them with water mixed with cayenne pepper.  If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous plant take them to the vet right away.
  • Clean Green.  Expecting company and need your house at its best?  Many household cleaners contain chemicals that are hazardous to both humans and our furry companions. Try all natural organic products for milder and safer ways to clean everyday items.
  • As much as we love our pets, with a house full of loved ones, space can sometimes be limited, leading to more outside time for your pet.  Hosting a large dinner can be very busy and often requires your attention to be pulled in multiple directions, which can mean that our furry friends can sometimes be forgotten about for a period of time.  Try to keep an eye on your pet while they are outside, to ensure that they do not get into poisonous plants, or fights with other animals.  If your pet suffers from seasonal allergies, this could be hard on them.  Fight the effects of allergies with the NHV Allergy (external) Kit 1 or Stimmune.
  • We know that the holidays can be stressful for us, but they can also be stressful for our pets. With many people coming and going, or maybe children that a pet is not used to, pets may become nervous or stressed. Try to respect your pet’s space as much as possible and do not force them to be social. If your pet struggles with the busy hubbub that can be holidays, you may want to consider giving your pet a natural remedy, like NHV Matricalm, to help calm their nerves.

Check out our other blog posts for additional pet safety tips!

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