Easter Hazards

Easter can be an exciting time for both adults and children. While we prepare for Easter, it is essential to keep an eye on potential dangers for your furry friend.


Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine (a chemical compound found in the cacao plant), which can be fatal to our pets. It is important to keep chocolate out of reach this Easter. If you are hiding chocolate eggs, keep your pets in a safe location away from the hunt and record where you have hidden the eggs.

If you do suspect your pet may have eaten some chocolate, call us straight away, as symptoms can take up to three hours to show.

Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhoea,
  • Increased urination,
  • Restlessness,
  • Hyperactivity,
  • Twitching,
  • And in severe cases, seizures.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are another treat to keep out of reach of our furry friends. Some hot cross buns contain chocolate which can be fatal to our pets. They can also contain raisins. Raisins, grapes, sultanas and currants have been shown to cause acute kidney failure in dogs. The exact reason is still not identified; therefore, we cannot determine how much is toxic or which pets will be affected. Some pets can eat a few grapes with no ill effects, whereas others may become severely ill with the same amount.

It is always better to be on the safe side; if you suspect your pet has eaten any, please call us immediately.

Initial signs can include:

  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhoea.


Noises and crowds

New visitors, noises and smells can sometimes cause anxiety for your pet. To help minimise your pet’s stress;

  • Create a calm, quiet spot for your pet away from the noise.
  • Exercise your pet before any guests arrive.


Small and cute Easter decorations could become choking hazards for your pet or, if broken, can cause cuts to their mouths. Ensure all decorations are out of your pet’s reach or too big for them to fit in their mouths. If your pet has swallowed or eaten any decorations, please call our team.


Some flowers are toxic to our pets. If you decorate with flowers or receive them as gifts, place them in a location your pet can’t get to. Some flowers and plants to look out for include:

Common Poisonous House Plants
Common NameBotanical NamePoisonous Part
Bird of ParadiseStrelizia regiraeFruit, seeds
Boston IvyParthenocissus quinquefoliaAll parts
CaladiumCaladiumAll parts
Creeping CharlieGlecoma hederaceaAll parts
DumbcaneDieffenbachiaAll parts
Emerald DukePhilodendron hastatumAll parts
Glacier IvyHedera glacierLeaves, berries
HeartleafPhiladendron cordatumAll parts
English IvyHedera helixLeaves, berries
Lily/Liliaceae FamilyLiliumAll parts
Marble QueenScindapsus aureusAll parts
MajestyPhilodendron hastatumAll parts
Nephthytis, Arrowhead VineSynogonium podophyllum albolineatumAll parts
Parlor IvyPhilodendron cordatumAll parts
PothosScindapsus aureusAll parts
Red PrincessPhilodendron hastatumAll parts
SaddleleafPhilodendron selloumAll parts
Split leaf PhilodendronMonstera deliciosaAll parts
Umbrella PlantCyperus alternifoliusAll parts


Common Poisonous Outdoor Plants
Common NameBotanical NamePoisonous Part
ApricotPrunus ameniacaStem, bark, seed pits
AzaleaRhododendron occidentaleAll parts
BaneberryActaea SpicataBerries, roots, foliage
BuchberryLantanaAll parts
Castor BeanRicinus communisSeeds, if chewed
Choke CherryPrunus virginicaLeaves, seed pits, stems, bark
DaphneDaphne mezereumBerries, bark, leaves
FoxgloveDigitalis purpuraLeaves, seeds, flowers
HemlockConium maculatumAll parts, root and root stalk
Hens-and-ChicksLantanaAll parts
HyacinthHyacinthus orientalisBulbs, leaves, flowers
HydrangeaHydrangea macrophyllaLeaves, buds
Jerusalem CherrySolanim pseudocapsciumAll parts, unripe fruit
Jimson WeedDatura stramoniumAll parts
Lily-of-the-ValleyConvallaria majalisAll parts
MandrakePodophyllum peltatumRoots, foliage, unripe fruit
MistletoePhoradendron FlavescensBerries
Morning GloryIpomoea violacesSeeds
NightshadeAtropa belladonnaAll parts
OleanderNorium OleanderAll parts, including dried leaves
PoinsettiaEuphorbia pulcherrimaLeaves, flowers
Pokeweed, InkberryPhytolacca americanaAll parts
Red SageLantana camaraGreen berries
RhododendronRhododendronAll parts
RhubarbRheum raponticumLeaves
Sweet PeaLathyrus odoratusSeeds, pods
WisteriaWisteriaSeeds, pods
YewTaxusNeedles, bark, seeds


If your pet has nibbled on any of your plants, please take a photo of the plant for later identification and reference, and call our team immediately.

For more Easter tips, please call us on 07 575 6665 or book an appointment online! We hope you enjoy a lovely long weekend.

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